Covid-19 worsened single-use plastics problem but could fuel solutions


A Giant Eagle Inc. Market District supermarket stands in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019.

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At the start of 2020, Giant Eagle kicked off a company-wide mission to phase out all single-use plastic bags. The Pittsburgh-based grocery chain stopped offering thin, throwaway bags at the checkout area in roughly 40 stores. It posted signs in parking lots reminding shoppers to bring reusable bags and offered discounts for those who did.

The efforts cut down on 20 million single-use plastic bags, the company said, which can litter parks, get stuck in trees or wind up in landfills.

But in mid-March, the coronavirus pandemic hit….


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