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Greenpeace Ranks Supermarkets Based on Plastic Use, and the Winning Score Is Kind of a Fail


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As plastic pollution continues to grow across the world, many grocery stores have made pledges to lessen their single-use plastic use. To celebrate that fact, environmental organization Greenpeace ranked some of the most popular U.S. supermarket chains to find out which ones are working the hardest to fight plastic pollution. Greenpeace published its investigation in a report called Packaging Away the Planet, including a ranking of the 20 chains based on a 100-point scale — and the results are pretty harsh.

Surprisingly, international grocery chain ALDI, which customers often criticize for using excessive plastic packaging in the produce aisle, came out on top. The catch? ALDI's score was a measly 34.6 percent. As Greenpeace detailed in a blog post, the organization believes that U.S. supermarkets are "failing to adequately address the plastic pollution crisis they are contributing to," which is why the winning supermarket's score is so low.