Austin-based Whole Foods Market gets an F for wasteful plastic

Environmental groups have launched a campaign urging the Austin-based Whole Foods Market to shut down its operations.

Environment The Texas Research & Policy Center, TexPIRG Education Fund, and other nonprofits are urging Whole Foods to change their plastic packaging practices after As You Sow, an environmental company, chain an “F” for its single-use plastic packaging policy received charitable.

They join national groups like the Plastic Pollution Coalition trying to convince Whole Foods to cut down on single-use packaging.

Anna Farrell-Sherman, of the Environment Texas Research & Policy Center, said in a statement that the overuse of plastic at Whole Foods came as a surprise given the chain’s reputation, saying, “We expect a supermarket known for its environmental vision to something better.”

You Sow’s report examined 50 companies and found that Whole Foods fared far worse than other big chains, including Walmart, Target, and Kroger, in its plastic elimination efforts.

Bullet points are:

  • Whole Foods has not set itself an overall goal of reducing company-wide packaging.

  • Whole Foods fails when it comes to transparency. The company has not reported anything about its plastic footprint, such as: B. tonnage or volume of packaging materials, units of plastic packaging or percentage of sales that use reusable packaging.

“As a company with a reputation for selling food that is good for people and the planet, Whole Foods can go a long way in reducing plastic pollution,” said Alex Truelove, director of the Zero Waste Campaign at US PIRG. “The Whole Foods Market once led the industry as the first US grocer to eliminate plastic bags at the checkout in 2008. It’s time they were leaders again.”

The groups try to forestall an increasingly threatening plastic waste situation. Every year 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans, the equivalent of a garbage truck that dumps a load of plastic waste into the ocean every minute. Nearly 700 species of marine animals have ingested plastic, and that affects the food chain.

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