Customers Who Care, an independent organization of people working to inspire retailers to aim for a more sustainable future, estimates that Target hands out approximately one billion single-use plastic bags per year. These plastic bags make their way into our waters and pollutes our land having a major effect on the environment and contributing to the world’s massive plastic pollution crisis.
Banning plastic bags has a proven track record of reducing single-use plastic helping to reduce plastic pollution: In Los Angeles, a ban on plastic bags and a charge on paper bags reduced single bag use by 95 percent, while Australia was able to reduce plastic waste by 80 percent in 3 months after two major retailers eliminated the use of single-use plastic bags
It’s time to hold Target accountable and pressure them to eliminate plastic bags from its checkout counters. In order to commit to being sustainable and be a climate leader in the retail sector, Target must eliminate plastic bags and help encourage consumers to use reusable bags.