Walgreens Plastic Bag Initiative

Reducing Plastic Bag Usage

Walgreens Plastic Bag Initiative

One simple question can help keep tens of thousands of plastic bags out of landfills each year. In August 2010, Walgreens started asking customers this question when they purchased three or fewer items: Do you need a bag?.

In six months, the company reduced its plastic bag usage by 45 million.

Customers can feel free to accept or decline a bag, purchase a recyclable tote or bring in their own bags. Major metropolitan areas in Georgia, Texas and Hawaii have shown marked success with the initiative and increased awareness among employees and customers about the importance of reusing, reducing and recycling.