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Major Retailers Collaborate to Find Alternative to Single-Use Plastic Bags



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Major stores are looking for an alternative to single-use plastic bags. The initiative is called the “Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag.”

Target has announced that it would be joining the initiative as a founding partner, together with CVS Health and Walmart.

Finding an Alternative

“Today, we’re proud to announce our membership in the Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag, a groundbreaking new partnership with Closed Loop Partners’ Center for the Circular Economy (an innovation center for collaboration and research to advance circularity) alongside other industry leaders, including founding partners CVS Health and Walmart, in addition to Walgreens and Kroger,” Target said in a blog post on July 21st.

“Collectively, Consortium Partners have committed more than $15 million to launch the Beyond the Bag Initiative,” said Closed Loop Partners on its website.

The group’s goal is “to identify, pilot and implement innovative alternative designs for the single-use retail bag,” said Target.

“We believe in serving our guests and communities with actions that reduce our footprint on the planet,” said Amanda Nusz, Target’s vice president of corporate responsibility. “We’re proud to partner with Closed Loop Partners and other leading retailers to take on a challenge facing the entire industry, and we welcome others to join us in this collective effort as we aim to design a better solution,” Nusz also mentioned.

Target also announced a design contest coming next month. They said: “Beginning in August, the Consortium will invite all innovators to submit their designs for a new retail bag that’s easy to use and environmentally friendly. The winning ideas will then go through testing and potential piloting.”

For more information on the design challenge, visit

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