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Kroger Supermarket Bans Plastic Bags Across U.S., Others Could Follow

Kroger shoppers will have to get used to bringing in their own reusable bags, as the supermarket chain announced it would eliminate single-use plastic bags by 2025.

That means all your local Cala Foods, City Markets, Copps, Dillons, FoodsCo, Fred Meyer Stores, Fry’s, King Soopers, Mariano’s Fresh Market, Metro Market, Pick ‘n Save, Quality Food Centers (a.k.a. QFC), Ralphs, Food 4 Less, and Smith’s Food and Drug will be affected by this change.


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Several states already have implemented such bans by law, as Californians and Floridians can attest to, but Kroger is the largest grocer to put a plastic bag ban on all its stores nationwide, regardless of state law.

Of course this ban, as most plastic bans, is in an effort to reduce waste, which makes organizations such as Green Peace happy.


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Don’t be surprised if other major grocery chains follow, as we saw a chain reaction of plastic bans, just earlier this year. When McDonald’s banned single-use plastic straws in the U.K., we saw companies like Starbucks. Even Disney implemented straw bans of their own.

While it might mean that we can no longer reuse their bags as our home trash bags, hopefully it’ll all be worth it if, like, the world doesn’t burn of our own doing.


(Fake) Video Reveals (Fake) Plans for Coke in a Bag

In case you haven’t heard, over the past few days, the interweb has been in a tizzy over a video revealing plans to release new, eco-friendly, Coke-bottle-shaped plastic bags, in order to meet the needs of consumers worldwide who are unable to afford the more expensive glass bottles.

The video, featuring documentary-esque footage of neighborhood folk in El Salvador drinking first out of generic zip locks and then enjoying their new, branded plastic contraptions, reeks of capitalism and PR- lanthropy.

Too bad the video is completely fake.

According to Inhabitat, the Coca-Cola Company has just released a statement denying plans to release any kind of “Coke-in-a-Bag” product. “The plastic bags featured are not currently available in any of Coca-Cola’s markets and there are no plans to start producing them,” an editor’s note relates.

Based on the video alone, it’s hard to tell which is the bigger giveaway of its fakeness: the stock movie-trailer-voiced narrator, or the promise that purchasing and using these bags would cost the consumer not “a cent more.” In any case, it’s a cool idea that it definitely wouldn’t hurt the Coca-Cola Company to look into.

See the (amateur, but convincing) video for yourself here:


Lunch Bugs Sandwich Bags

Do you work in an office filled with evil fridge-pirates? How often do you spend an hour making your favorite egg salad sandwich, just to have it swiped by some freeloader. We’ll put an end to that for good, with these reusable zip-to-lock storage sandwich bags. They have huge, creepy insects depicted on the plastic, bound to keep thieves at bay. Especially the ones that are scared of fake bugs. (24 for $5.95 @ Neatoshop)