Sustainable Product Packaging

Sustainable packaging is a core tenet of our zero waste vision. By following the reduce, reuse then recycle approach, we are working to decrease the environmental impacts of our product packaging. Our key priorities include reducing unnecessary packaging, increasing the recyclability of our packaging and increasing the amount of recycled content and certified fiber in our packaging—while supporting our communities in building better infrastructure and giving our customers options for recycling.

Read more about our 2020 sustainable packaging goals.

Read more in the Sustainable Packaging section of the full Sustainability Report.

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Using less plastic

We are making excellent progress on our goal to implement 10 million pounds of plastic resin reduction in our plastic packaging. By the end of 2018, we had achieved more than 9.1 million pounds of plastic resin reduction. Our lighter-weight milk jug is now rolled out to all 15 Kroger dairy processing plants.

Reusable bags

In 2018, we announced our goal to phase out single-use plastic bags in our stores by 2025, and to encourage our customers to adopt more reusable carry out options.

Kroger + Loop

Kroger is the exclusive U.S. grocery retailer partner for Loop, the revolutionary circular packaging e-commerce platform that offers customers many popular products in durable, reusable packaging.

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Plastic Film Recycling

Several of Kroger’s plastic packaging items—in addition to many other items—are recyclable in the plastic film recycling containers located in our store lobbies. The collected items are recycled into new items, like composite lumber and decking. The following items are accepted:

  • Single-use plastic grocery bags
  • Stretch wrap
  • Bread bags
  • Produce bags
  • Plastic overwrap for toilet paper, napkin, and paper towels
  • Plastic overwrap packaging on diapers
  • Plastic overwrap on bulk items in cases (e.g., water bottles, snacks)
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Plastic retail bags (hard plastic and string handles removed)
  • Newspaper sleeves/bags
  • Plastic food storage bags (clean and dry) – (e.g. Ziploc® Bags)
  • Plastic cereal box liners (do not include if it tears like paper)
  • Tyvek® house wrap (no glue, labels, other material)
  • Plastic shipping envelopes, bubble wrap, and air pillows (deflate/remove labels if possible)
  • All clean, dry bags labeled #2 or #4 (polyethylene film)