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.
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
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?