American’s largest grocery retailer Kroger has announced that it plans to phase out single-use plastic bags by the end of 2025.  The initiative will affect approximately 2,800 Kroger-owned stores across the country. The phase-out will begin this year with Seattle stores the first to experience the new plan.

Only 5 per cent of the one trillion plastic bags used worldwide each year are considered to be recyclable.  Several major cities across America have already committed to bag fees or the banning of single-use plastic bags.

The announcement is part of the Kroger's Zero Hunger/Zero Waste sustainability plan.