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Walmart is Removing Plastic Bags From All Their Stores

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Most everyone knows and uses Walmart as their local shopping center. Lately, Walmart has made some pretty big changes. They recently decided to remove plastic bags from the check-out stations at all their stores. 

Walmart Bags

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Removing Plastic Bags 

Walmart had made a goal recently to be a zero-waste company. That is a massive goal and will take a few years to get in place. 

One way to achieve that goal is to stop using plastic bags. 

Plastic bags are not good for the environment and it’s time for this change. 

According to Walmart, “A shopping bag is at the center of the final interaction of almost every in-store purchase – be that your weekly grocery trip, a quick milk run or back-to-school shopping. While the convenience of the plastic retail bag cannot be disputed, the average working life of one of these bags is only 12 minutes. It’s estimated that 100 billion plastic bags are being used annually in the U.S. alone, and less than 10 percent of them are recycled.” 

This goal to stop using plastic bags will take around three years to complete. 

Beyond the Bag 

To achieve their goal, Walmart has teamed up with “Beyond the Bag” a company that finds ways to eliminate plastic bags that are better for the world. 

CVS Health, Walmart, and Target are all a part of this mission. 

Beyond the Bag shares their plan of “identifying, testing and implementing viable design solutions and models that more sustainably serve the purpose of the current retail bag.”

How You Can Help 

walmart bag

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You can help with this initiative too! 

Beyond the Bag is wanting to hear your ideas on how to eliminate plastic bags. If you have a creative idea for a new eco-friendly bag, be sure to submit your thoughts! 

You can go to Beyond the Bag Challenge to submit your ideas. 

Submissions are due by September 10th as they will start getting to work after that. 

Plastic bags are just one part of Walmart’s ultimate goal to be zero waste. Are you excited or dreading this new change? 

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I am not at all happy they are doing away with the bags. They get reused as garbage bags,  passed on to thrift stores to be used over again as shopping bags, and I also cut them into strips and either weave or crochet them into waterproof mats to use in the home.

Paper bags worked for decades…

Use paper bags.

My grocery store stopped recycling my plastic bags. Our land fill is overrun with blowing bags everywhere. It is time to go back to paper bags. I approve, good move.

Sam’s Club doesn’t use plastic bags! Make people bring their own or use boxes.

Gee. I’ve been recycling plastic bags for personal uses for years. I hope there will be time to find another source of them.

I’m very happy. I find them in my trees after the wind takes them.  The bags get caught in the trees so high I can’t remove them. The bags will sit in the tree for months whipping in the wind until the bags are destroyed.

Go back to paper bags (with handles)

I hope they do away with the plastic they break easy. I hope they furnished us with the good good paper bags,also I don’t care for the so called reusable bags because I don’t care how often they are cleaned they are not that sanitary.

Walmart bags are reused for many purposes and it’s a shame  to do away with them. Will they be providing paper bags instead?

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