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Kroger to phase out plastic bags at all stores 

Key Points
  • Kroger will phase out the use of plastic bags in its stores by 2025.
  • The nation's largest grocery chain orders about 6 billion bags each year.
  • The company operates 2,779 stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia.

An employee bags a customer's purchases at a Kroger store in Peoria, Illinois.
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The nation's largest grocery chain will phase out the use of plastic bags in its stores by 2025.

Kroger orders about 6 billion bags each year.

The company, based in Cincinnati, operates 2,779 stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia, serving almost 9 million people daily through two dozen different grocery chains.

Kroger said Thursday that will start at its Seattle chain QFC, where it expects to be plastic-bag free by next year.

There is a broader shift by companies to reduce waste, especially plastic. Disney, Starbucks, Marriott, and McDonald's are getting rid of plastic straws. Dunkin' Donuts is phasing out polystyrene foam cups by 2020. Ikea plans to eliminate single-use plastic products from its shelves by 2020, including straws.

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The world has made more than 9 billion tons of plastic, says new study

Key Points
  • 9 billion tons of plastic have been made since the 1950s.
  • Researchers say it is the first attempt to measure all plastic ever mass produced.
  • Only 9 percent of plastic waste produced ended up recycled.