Like so many others, my mother and I are deeply concerned about plastic pollution and its effect on our planet. We want the planet to remain a hospitable and beautiful place for people to live for generations to come. The plastic pollution crisis hits the news daily. Yet, compounding the problem, plastic consumption is on track to double in the next 20 years. Most of this plastic will enter people’s lives through the places where people shop.

Around the world, people are asking their retailers to help solve the problem by reducing disposable plastic, like plastic bags. Because we shop at Target, we started a petition asking Target to join the solution and eliminate plastic bags in its over 1,800 stores.

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Over 340,000 Customers are Asking Target to Ditch Plastic Bags

Like so many Americans, my mother and I both shop at Target regularly. We are loyal Target shoppers and Target REDcard holders. We feel compelled to ask Target to act because of the sheer number of plastic bags flowing out of Target stores daily. Target hands out over a billion plastic bags a year that never go away. If Target makes a 2020 commitment to eliminate plastic bags, it will become the largest traditional retailer in the country to do so. 

Given its sheer size and its presence in every state, it is important for Target to show leadership and address its contribution to plastic pollution. A relatively easy place to start is to eliminate plastic bags. So far, over 340,000 Target customers have signed the customer petition asking Target to ditch plastic bags and ask people to bring reusable bags. We hope that people continue to join and share the petition until change happens.

Other Retailers are Ending Plastic Bag Use

Many retailers have already taken the step to end plastic bag use. Trader Joe’s, Kroger, Wegmans, Big Y, ALDI, Whole Foods, Costco, BJs and Sams Club all don’t use or are eliminating plastic bags. If Target takes this step, we believe other large retailers (e.g. Walmart, Albertsons, CVS, and Walgreens) will follow.

Target’s Low Score on Greenpeace’s Plastics Report is a Wake-up Call

A Greenpeace report released on June 11, 2019 ranked the largest US grocery retailers on their efforts to eliminate single-use plastics. It found that across the board US retailers are failing to address the plastic pollution crisis to which they are core contributors.

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Target ranked a disappointing 8th on the report. It scored behind ALDI, Kroger, Albertson’s, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, Walmart, and Hy-Vee. The report described Target’s performance as “dismal.” This is largely because Target has failed to set any specific, time bound disposable plastic reduction targets. Clearly, Target needs to make changes to become a sustainability leader when it comes to plastic pollution.

Greenpeace highlighted our customer petition to Target in its report because it outlines an opportunity for Target to make an immediate impact.

Please Join and ask Target to Ditch Plastic Bags

Together, we can make a difference. Please add your voice and join over 340,000 other Target customers asking Target to ditch plastic bags by signing this petition!

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