Walmart announced it will join the push to cut down on plastic waste by selling reusable grocery bags.
The giant retailer announced the move Wednesday at its 2019 sustainability milestone summit.
The company said it will begin rolling out the initiative next month. The bags are made with post-consumer recycled content and will be sold for $0.98.
The move to reusable bags follows a recent announcement by the company on a series of plastic waste reduction goals that seek to advance the sustainability of the retailer’s private brand packaging by making it 100 percent recyclable, reusable or industrially compostable by 2025.
With this news, Walmart joins other retailers and governments that are moving toward cutting down on single-use plastic items in an effort to reduce the overabundance of plastic waste in the environment.
Most plastics are not biodegradable.
Their manufacture contributes to greenhouse gases, and increasing attention is being paid to the threat they pose to the world waterways and oceans.