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Trader Joe’s Vows to Cut Back on Single-use Plastic Waste

Trader Joe’s Vows to Cut Back on Single-use Plastic Waste

A Greenpeace petition that harnessed nearly 100,000 customer signatures prompted the grocer to focus on more sustainable packaging solutions.

Trader Joe's recently announced it will take the necessary steps to cut back on plastic and other packaging waste after a petition launched by Greenpeace harnessed nearly 100,000 signatures.

According to an EcoWatch report, at the end of last year, the company announced several improvements geared toward making packaging more sustainable in an effort to eliminate more than 1 million pounds of plastic from stores.

EcoWatch has more details:

As the world suffocates from its plastic addiction, a growing number of businesses are stepping up to the plate to reduce their plastic waste. Most recently, Trader Joe's announced that it will be taking steps to cut back on plastic and other packaging waste after a petition launched by Greenpeace harnessed nearly 100,000 signatures.

At the end of last year, the company announced several improvements geared towards making packaging more sustainable in an effort to eliminate more than 1 million pounds of plastic from stores. Already, the retailer has stopped offering single-use plastic carryout bags nationwide and is replacing plastic produce bags and Styrofoam meat trays with biodegradable and compostable options.

"As a neighborhood grocery store, we feel it is important for us to be the great neighbor our customers deserve. Part of that means better managing our environmental impact," Kenya Friend-Daniel, public relations director for Trader Joe's, told EcoWatch in an email. "As we recently shared with our customers, we are working to reduce the amount of packaging in our stores and while we have made a number of positive changes in this space, the world is ongoing."

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