Celebrating Earth Day, Bellaire-area Kroger stores are encouraging customers to design a reusable shopping bag for the second consecutive year through its online Design a Reusable Shopping Bag Contest.
The winner of the contest will receive a $1,000 Kroger gift card and a chance to see their bag design sold in stores.
Four finalists will be awarded $250 Kroger gift cards and five runners-up will receive $100 Kroger gift cards.
Through May 15, customers can create their designs and vote on their favorite entries online at www.kroger.com/green. Anyone who designs a bag through Kroger’s Design a Reusable Shopping Bag Contest and has a valid shopper card will receive an electronic coupon loaded directly to their card for a free reusable bag, where valid.
Kroger has also partnered with CafePress so that designers can purchase a reusable bag featuring their design.
Bill Breetz, president of the Kroger Southwest Division, said every reusable bag has the potential to save 1,000 plastic bags over its lifetime.
“Helping to sustain the environment and serve our communities is part of Kroger’s core values. We partner with our customers and associates to offer choices that can make a real difference in the lives of our customers and their families every day,” Breetz said.
Kroger also announced continued progress in several areas that support the company’s ongoing commitment to green living and sustainability, including:
– Customers have responded enthusiastically to Kroger’s efforts to encourage them to use more reusable bags. Kroger’s family of stores sold more than six million reusable bags last year.
– Last year, Kroger’s family of stores, together with its customers, recycled more than 16 million pounds of plastic. In addition, associates in every area of Kroger’s business helped recycle nearly 1 billion pounds of corrugated cardboard and paper last year.
– Kroger’s efforts to reduce energy use in its stores, plants, warehouses and offices continue to yield strong results. Since 2000, Kroger associates have saved enough energy to power every single-family home in Seattle for an entire year.
– Due to growing concerns and customer feedback regarding Bisphenol A, or BPA, all reusable and disposable baby bottles sold in Kroger’s family of stores are now BPA-free. In addition, Kroger has removed other infant products containing BPA including pacifiers, toddler drinking cups and utensils from sale.
Anyone wanting to enter the reusable bag design contest can go to the store’s website at www.kroger.com/green.