US thrift retailer Savers has announced plans to phase out plastic bags from stores across the United States and Canada by the end of the year as part of its Rethink Reuse campaign.
The move marks the retailer’s latest effort under the ongoing campaign to divert American waste from landfill. It is now encouraging shoppers to use reusable totes or paper bags at all stores.
“For the last 60 years, the Savers family of thrift stores has been committed to reducing North America’s clothing footprint by extending the life of garments,” says Tony Shumpert, vice president of recycling and reuse at Savers. “The decision to phase out plastic bags from our stores was a natural next step in our journey to improving our communities and our planet.”
Eliminating the purchase of plastic bags will keep millions of plastic bags out of landfills and oceans for years to come, says the retailer which adds this is in addition to the more than 700m pounds of clothing and textiles Savers keeps out of North America’s waste stream each year.
“Our commitment to Rethink Reuse goes beyond just clothing and home goods. Every choice we make can make a big environmental difference,” adds Shumpert. “The reality is that much like the environmental impact of the clothing and textile industry, the impact that plastic bags have on our planet is staggering – it’s up to all of us to be environmentally conscious in our day-to-day lives and business practices.”
The retailer recently published its 2018 State of Reuse report which found there is a continued need for consumers to embrace the full cycle of reuse – not only the act of donating goods no longer in use but also shopping for pre-owned or upcycled products to reduce their overall clothing footprint.