ATLANTA (September 23, 2019) – Georgia Aquarium, in partnership with Kroger, announced today a release of limited edition reusable bags fabricated from recycled plastic bottles. A portion of sales will be donated back to Georgia Aquarium’s global research and conservation efforts and will showcase animals at the Aquarium. The first edition will feature one of the Aquarium’s marquee animals, whale sharks and will be available in Kroger stores this fall.
“Georgia Aquarium and Kroger share a commitment to conservation and environmental efforts, and we hope with this partnership we can play a part in reducing environmental waste,” said Hiroshi Okuda, senior director of strategic marketing and corporate partnerships at Georgia Aquarium.
In 2018, Kroger announced their plan to phase out single use plastic bags by 2025 as part of their Zero Hunger/ Zero Waste plan. It is estimated that 100 billion single-use plastic bags are thrown away in the U.S. every year. Only five percent of this 100 billion are recycled annually in America. Through this partnership, it is projected that 3,000,000 plastic bags will be conserved with the release of each reusable bag.
“We are excited to debut these unique, reusable bags in partnership with Georgia Aquarium,” said Felix Turner, manager of corporate affairs for Kroger’s Atlanta Division. “This partnership is a true testament to Kroger’s company-wide Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative.”
Each bag is made from recycled plastic bottles and can be purchased at 150+ Kroger stores. These reusable bags have the capacity to hold roughly 3x the amount of produce that a plastic bag can hold. Georgia Aquarium strives to make a difference by working in collaboration with various organizations to protect our ocean and local ecosystems. By purchasing this bag, you are reducing the amount of plastic waste and helping support Georgia Aquarium’s research and conservation initiatives around the world.
In addition to the purchase of a reusable bag, customers will receive a special discount offer to purchase Georgia Aquarium tickets.
About Georgia Aquarium
Georgia Aquarium is a leading 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Atlanta, Ga. that is Humane Certified by American Humane and accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Georgia Aquarium is committed to working on behalf of all marine life through education, preservation, exceptional animal care, and research across the globe. Georgia Aquarium continues its mission each day to inspire, educate, and entertain its millions of guests about the aquatic biodiversity throughout the world through its hundreds of exhibits and tens of thousands of animals across its seven major galleries. For more information, visit georgiaaquarium.org.
At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human SpiritTM. The Company focuses its charitable efforts on hunger relief, K-12 education, women’s health initiatives and local organizations in the communities it serves. Kroger’s Atlanta Division is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., and is one of the Southeast’s largest retail grocery chains with more than 184 stores, covering Georgia, Eastern Alabama and South Carolina.