Sprouts Farmers Market ditching plastic bags
In place of the plastic bags, Sprouts says customers instead will be offered reusable plastic bags, which are made from 40% post-consumer recycled material. Sprouts notes it already ended the use of paper bags, which it said are generally not reusable, rarely recycled and have a “high environmental cost.”
While still made of plastic, Sprouts says the reusable bags are designed to be used at least 125 times. The grocer will continue to offer other reusable bags for sale, and it’ll encourage shoppers to bring their own bags by charging 10 cents for every multi-use plastic bag used.
“We like to remind customers that any bag takes energy and resources to produce, which means the most sustainable choice is the bag you already have,” said Nick Konat, president and chief operating officer of Sprouts, in the release. “Making the effort to reuse any bag that comes into your possession, and disposing of the bag responsibly, is key.”
As Retail Leader Pro recently reported, shoppers want more transparency from grocers on sustainability. Just 23% of shoppers say their preferred grocer does a good job doing so, according to Grocery Doppio. According to the survey, 37% of shoppers said they would pay a premium for sustainable products even amid ongoing economic hardships impacting U.S. consumers.
Other recent sustainability moves in the category include an AI-powered smart salad bar at nearly two dozen Schnucks supermarkets and Meijer’s decision to accept SNAP EBT benefits for soon-to-expire foods, Retail Leader reported.