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04/20/2023

Walmart eliminating single-use bags in more states

Marianne Wilson
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Walmart has eliminated single-use bags in 10 states.

Walmart is expanding sustainable choices, helping reduce waste and introducing new circular business models.

In celebration of Earth Week, the retail giant detailed some of its customer initiatives to advance sustainability across the chain. These include expanding its efforts to reduce single-use bags to four more states in line with local regulatory changes.

As of this week, Walmart stores in Delaware, Oregon, Washington, D.C., and Washington State will not offer single-use bags at the front-end or pickup. By eliminating single-use bags in a total of 10 states in the U.S. as well as Walmart Canada and Mexico, Walmart said it anticipates avoiding the use of almost 2 billion single-use plastic and paper bags every year.  

“And by the end of this year, we aim to allow most Walmart customers to opt out of bags for their pickup orders nationwide,” the company stated.

Other sustainable initiatives are listed below:

• Walmart has teamed up with circular reuse platform Loop and a number of brands to launch Walmart+ InHome x Loop, a pilot program that aims to provide a convenient way to eliminate single-use packaging and reduce plastic from many everyday purchases.

Members of the Walmart+ InHome delivery service in Northwest Arkansas can place online orders to receive delivery of some of their favorite brands in reusable and returnable packaging.

• The company is offering customers access to thousands of professionally inspected, tested and cleaned restored items from a curated list of top sellers and suppliers via its Walmart Restored program.  Available online and in select stores, the program offers top-quality refurbished products at a fraction of the typical cost and allows customers to extend the life of a product.

 

• Earlier this year, Walmart added the Clean Beauty shop to its Built for Better online shopping destination, which allows customers to identify and shop for products that are built better for them, communities and the planet.