Costco CEO W. Craig Jelinek,
In the face of a plastic pollution crisis that’s growing more dire by the day and putting hundreds of species of wildlife in harm’s way, retailers like Costco have a responsibility to reduce the use of wasteful single-use plastic wherever and however they can.
Plastic packaging is the largest single contributor to the plastic waste crisis –14.5 million tons of plastic containers were generated in 2018 alone. It’s clear we need a large-scale shift away from single-use plastic packaging, and Costco can play a crucial role. By taking unnecessary plastic packaging off its shelves, your company can both immediately reduce the amount of plastic in our environment and set an important example for others in the industry to follow.
I urge you to eliminate single-use plastic packaging from your stores.