When my great-grandfather and the four other founders started Giant Eagle nearly 90 years ago, they wanted to improve life for people in their communities. Protecting our planet for future generations is a critical way we uphold this commitment today.
— Giant Eagle CEO and President Laura Shapira Karet
At Market District (a banner of Giant Eagle, Inc.), we’re passionate about responsible stewardship of our environment. That’s why we’ve set big goals when it comes to sustainability, starting with eliminating single-use plastic bags by 2025.
Each year, Americans use 14 billion plastic shopping bags. Ninety-nine percent of those bags either go to the landfill or litter the environment. Market District, along with our parent company, Giant Eagle, Inc., is launching a strategic sustainability platform focused on achieving significant milestones related to:
- Carbon Emissions
- More Sustainable Products
- Team Member Engagement
As an initial demonstration of this vision, we are committed to eliminating single-use plastic bags from all stores, and are launching pilot programs in three markets: Pittsburgh, Cuyahoga County in Ohio and Bexley, Ohio (a suburb of Columbus) in support of this pledge.
Our Pittsburgh pilot program at the Waterworks Market District was launched in partnership with Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh and Sustainable Pittsburgh. Beginning Wednesday, January 15, 2020, we removed single-use plastic bags at our registers with the goal of encouraging the use of reusable bags everywhere. In place of single-use plastic bags, we are currently:
- Encouraging the use of reusable bags, with a “one perk per reusable bag used” promotion. This perk is available for a limited time at all Giant Eagle supermarkets chainwide.
- Making high-quality, reusable bags available for purchase at just 99¢ each.
- Charging a 10¢ fee per paper bag, available for interested customers. We recognize that paper bags are biodegradable and recyclable, but they also have a high environmental cost in terms of water and energy used to manufacture them. Please note that customers paying with forms of government-funded food purchase assistance (SNAP, WIC etc.) will be exempt from the paper bag fee.
“Consumers have power, and this move invites every shopper to have a positive impact,” said Joylette Portlock, Ph.D., Executive Director of Sustainable Pittsburgh. “Giant Eagle is demonstrating leadership in identifying solutions for how to reduce plastic waste here in the Pittsburgh region, and is considering the right factors during this pilot. We also applaud and support the company’s larger sustainability commitment to our community.”
Join us at your Market District by voluntarily bringing reusable bags to shop with or purchasing reusable bags at our registers, and take advantage of our limited-time-only reusable bag perk up: 1 perk per bag used at check-out.
Get Rewarded For Reusable Bags!
Bring your own reusable grocery bags to earn 1 bonus perk per bag used at checkout!
Limited time only. Limit 10 bonus perks per transaction.