CVS, Target and Walmart Get One Step Closer to Replacing Plastic Bags With New Pilot Programs

Through a consortium led by Closed Loop Partners, the brands are funding research into alternatives to the ubiquitous retail sack

Despite a rising interest in sustainability, the American economy still produces a lot of plastic waste—around 46 million tons each year, scientists say. Less than 10% of that gets recycled, meaning that Katy Perry’s plastic bag, floating through the wind, has very little chance of starting again. It’s more likely destined for a landfill or the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.