encourages reusable bagging
The Kroger Co. invited customers to design
a reusable shopping bag through an annual online contest. Customers
went online at www.kroger.com/green to submit their designs for
Kroger’s reusable grocery bags.
The winning designer received a $1,000 gift card and a chance
to see their bag design sold in Kroger stores. In addition to
the winner of the contest, 4 finalists were awarded a $250 Kroger
gift card and 5 runners-up received a $100 Kroger gift card.
Lynn Marmer, group vice president of corporate affairs for Kroger,
said the contest was a natural fit for the retailer and its family
of stores, given the company’s commitment to sustainability efforts.
In 2009, Kroger and its family of stores sold an average of nearly
13,000 reusable shopping bags per day. Every reusable bag has
the potential to save 1,000 plastic bags over its lifetime.
“By using more reusable shopping bags and engaging in more efficient
bagging techniques, Kroger customers and associates diverted
nearly 200 million plastic bags from local landfills – about
20 percent toward our goal of saving 1 billion plastic bags,”