But the change will be gradual. Late last week, the company announced that it would begin phasing out single-use plastic bags as part of its “Zero Hunger-Zero Waste” initiative in favor of more sustainable options like paper bags – and reusable bags available for purchase in store. Its goal is to have phased out single-use plastic in all of its banners by 2025. The company currently distributes 6 billion of the bags each year.

First up is QFC (Quality Food Centers), the Bellevue, WA-based banner, and its 80+ stores. Kroger stated that QFC’s transition should be completed by 2019.

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