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Trader Joe's Is Listening to Customers and Reducing Plastic In Its Stores

By Sophie Hirsh

From the fair prices to the friendly employees to the snacks on snacks on snacks, there are endless reasons to grocery shop at Trader Joe's. But for eco-conscious consumers, there's one big reason not to — the excessive plastic use. Luckily, Trader Joe's heard customer complaints loud and clear, and has announced its intention to reduce plastic use in several areas of the store. 

A representative for Greenpeace shared the news with Green Matters in a press release on Monday, March 4. Greenpeace recently started a petition directed towards Trader Joe's leadership team, asking them to make changes to the store's packaging, and the petition garnered more than 100,000 signatures. So in case you need proof that asking companies to become more sustainable works, here it is. 

As Trader Joe's outlined on its website, the grocery chain is currently working on: eliminating plastic bags surrounding produce such as apples and potatoes; replacing Styrofoam trays in the meat section with recyclable PET1 trays; packaging greeting cards in a compostable sleeve instead of the current plastic ones; replacing the plastic bags that protect flower bouquets with something more eco-friendly; and getting rid of plastic and foil pouches surrounding tea bags.