Packaging Away the Planet

by David Pinsky

June 12, 2019

A new Greenpeace report ranks supermarkets on their efforts to eliminate single-use plastics.

To view the report, click here

Packaging Away the Planet evaluates 20 large U.S. grocery retailers for the first time on their efforts to eliminate single-use plastics.

Across the board, supermarkets are failing to adequately address the plastic pollution crisis they are contributing to.

ALDI, The Kroger Co., and Albertsons Companies ranked the highest, while Meijer, Wakefern, and H-E-B ranked the worst. None of the 20 profiled retailers achieved a passing score and none of the profiled retailers have ambitious, comprehensive commitments commensurate with the scale of the plastic pollution crisis.

Plastic is killing whales, seabirds, and turtles. It is overwhelming communities and impacting human health. Globally, more than 90% of all plastics ever produced have not been recycled, and six times more plastic waste is burned in the U.S. than is recycled.

As policy makers and the public grow increasingly concerned about plastic pollution, this is the moment for retailers to take a stand. Will U.S. retailers lead in developing innovative alternatives to wasteful single-use packaging, or continue to make current and future generations pay the price for their complacency?

Find out if your supermarket is starting to take responsibility for its role in this crisis. Check out the scorecard and report below.  

To read the full report, click here.

To view the scorecard, click here.

David Pinsky

By David Pinsky

David authors Greenpeace USA’s annual seafood sustainability report for the nation’s largest supermarkets, holding major companies accountable and shifting seafood practices that have global impacts on our oceans.

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