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Say Goodbye to Plastic: Phoenix Grocer to Enforce 10c Bag Charge as Part of Environmental Initiative

Ash Jurberg

Popular Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market will eliminate single-use plastic bags at checkout in all stores by the end of the year.
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Sprouts Farmers Market, which is based in Phoenix, has announced that all single-use plastic bags will be banned in its stores across the country by the end of the year.

Sprouts will sell reusable bags for 10 cents each that can hold 22 pounds of groceries and be used about 125 times. Customers can also bring their own bags.

This follows the move to ban paper bags in their stores last year.

"Single-use plastics are a well-known problem, and this is just one of the ways Sprouts can contribute. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s a step in the right direction. Stores like us that have national scale and scope need to jump into the solutions side of the pool. Doing good for the plant has been part of our DNA; it’s part of our strategy. Twenty-five percent of our business is fresh produce … Forty percent of that produce is organic. A significant portion of our produce is grown without fertilizers, pesticides, nitrates.” Brandon Lombardi, Sprouts’ head of environmental, social and governance.

There is no date for when plastic bags will be banned in Arizona stores, but it is expected to occur in the next few months.

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About Sprouts

Sprouts Farmers Market is a supermarket chain headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. The grocer is known for its fresh organic produce, bulk nuts, and supplements and currently has over 370 stores across the United States and 46 in Arizona.

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