Five trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year and more than 99% are never recycled.
As a trusted retailer and partner in our communities, we have an obligation to operate in a sustainable way that benefits everyone. Giant Eagle has established an aggressive goal to eliminate single-use plastics from our operations by 2025. By reducing the use of plastic bags at checkout and designing more eco-friendly packaging we’re able to divert significant waste from our landfills.
Together, we have the potential to divert up to 12.4 million pounds of plastic annually:
Reducing Plastic Bags at Checkout
To achieve our goal of removing single-use plastics from our operations, we’re starting to eliminate single-use plastic bags from our registers. So far, we have successfully removed plastic bags from all GetGo locations, as well as our supermarkets in:
Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), OH
As we expand this elimination across our enterprise, *we have the potential to prevent 6.5 million pounds of plastic bags annually from ever reaching landfills.
Innovative Giant Eagle Brand Packaging
In addition to reducing plastic bag usage, we are actively working to reduce the amount of single-use plastic that our products come packaged in. Some ways we have accomplished this so far include:
An ongoing partnership with How2Recycle, who helped us add instructions for Guests to best dispose of packaging and encourage the best recycling practices.
Transitioning our Own Brand fresh chicken from a foam tray to a fully recyclable PET 1 tray, representing 1 million pounds of plastic that will be diverted from landfills annually.
Adding resealable film tops to our lettuce boxes, eliminating more than 30% of the total weight of the packaging—that’s over 100,000 pounds less plastic used