Plastic waste is clogging our landfills, littering our streets, polluting our parks, and escaping into our rivers and oceans at a rate of 8 million tons a year. Plastic packaging, such as plastic food wrappers, topped the list of most commonly found items of trash polluting our beaches.
Whole Foods has led on plastics in the past when it became the first U.S. grocer to eliminate plastic bags at checkout. But the company has started to lag behind competitors and recently got an F in a report by As You Sow for failing to tackle plastic pollution. Whole Foods customers care about their health and don’t want to contribute to a legacy of plastic pollution when they shop, and we know they want Whole Foods to eliminate single-use plastic packaging items from their stores.