Whole Foods to Stop Offering Plastic Bags

Whole Foods announced today that it will go plastic bag free in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. by April 22, Earth Day, of this year.


The organic grocery chain is the first store in the U.S. to commit to completely eliminating the use of plastic bags in its stores.

Plastic bags can take up to 1000 years to decompose, are not recyclable, and are made from crude oil.

The company is also giving away 50,000 reusable bags today and has declared today “Bring Your Own Bag Day” to celebrate the announcement.

Over the next three months, the Whole Foods stores will slowly deplete their stocks of plastic bags and put on sale more reusable ones.

In addition, paper bags used at the store will continue to be made from 100% material. Last year, Whole Foods became the first supermarket chain in the United States to offer this type of bag.

“Central to Whole Foods Market’s core values is caring for our communities and the environment, and this includes adopting wise environmental practices,” said A.C. Gallo, co-president and chief operating officer for Whole Foods Market.

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