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. 

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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 

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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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103 comments on “Walmart is Removing Plastic Bags From All Their Stores”

  1. I have mixed feelings…..yes we can do without plastic bags on the other hand if we buy just one item…on the go…..the plastic bag does comes in handy…..

  2. So, I use them when I clean out the kitty litter. Will I be able to use the “beyond the bag” to do this too?

  3. While I agree that plastic bags are TERRIBLE for the environment and should be gone, let’s look at ho we got here: Years ago, some environmentalist group wanted to save (trees a superbly renewable resource) and worked to have them removed from stores and replaced with plastic bags. The Law of Unintended Consequences kicked in and we had plastic bags all over the environment. Now in many places, we’re back to paper. We use reusable bags; hope that’s enough!

  4. Margaret Jennings

    My daughter in law gave me a bag that shows the following: LYNNHAVEN RIVER NOW .. restoring a legend … then under that it says:
    I used to be water bottles.

  5. Rondon Allen

    Don’t mind bringing my own bags but they’re so bulky they take up space in the cart. Perhaps a hook on the cart to hang them on would help. Menards use to have great plastic bags. They didn’t break, thicker plastic. I saved them and reuse them. Paper sacks are great as they degrade. They can also be made from recycled material and paper sacks much like a lot of paper is from trees that are replanted in farms that are used for such purposes.  They don’t just wipe out forests anymore. Fires do that.

    1. Yes. We too use them for small garbage cans, cleaning the car out, carrying lunches to work… definitely being recycled or finding additional uses.

    1. Kathleen Quinn

      I have cloth publix bags and I use them everywhere I go,  they wash well and are eco friendly.  I aso have a few from target and walfreens.  best investment I ever made.

    2. So you wash them you buy them you carry them every where you go… doesn’t sound convenient at all… yes I think paper is the solution

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