Trader Joe's Reduces Plastic Packaging Year after Year
2019-04-17 11:31 Wednesday
On December 31, 2018, Trader Joe's announced a plan to focus on sustainable and environmentally friendly packaging.
According to the website, the program has several goals: "reducing and removing packaging, purchasing renewable and recycled packaging materials, choosing actual recyclable packaging, avoiding the use of hazardous materials in packaging, and providing customers with recycling and handling instructions."
The move is in response to customer feedback and the brand's desire to be a "great neighbor". Trader Joe's has made several changes to reduce plastic packages in its stores. The grocery store promised more changes in February, SFGate reports.
"As we complete these steps in 2019, we will reduce more than 1 million pounds of plastic per year from our stores," the circular said.
As of December 31, Trader Joe's had achieved the following goals, according to the company's website.
Single-use plastic bags are no longer available in stores;
Plastic production bags have been replaced with biodegradable and compostable bags;
Website pages for recycling and processing resources for customers;
The store also told retailers it wanted to avoid using several biodegradable materials, including bisphenol A (BPA), in packaging.
Styrofoam trays have also disappeared from produce shelves, replaced by compostable alternatives.
In 2019, Trader Joe's will make the following sustainable changes:
Reduce the amount of plastic packaging for produce such as apples, potatoes and pears;
Remove non-recyclable plastic bags and foil bags from tea bags;
Replace the plastic foam trays used in the fresh meat area with "highly recyclable PET1 trays";
Wrap the bouquet in a reusable bag instead of plastic;
Replace the plastic covers with recycled, biodegradable materials.
Trader Joe's joins a multi-brand campaign against the use of disposable plastic straws - Starbucks, Joe Coffee, Intelligentsia Coffee and Shake Shack all announced their pledges to eliminate plastic straws last year.