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Smith’s to phase out sin­gleuse plas­tic bags by 2025

Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, a di­vi­sion of The Kroger Co., an­nounced it will phase out sin­gle-use plas­tic bags and tran­si­tion to re­us­able bags across its fam­ily of stores by


“As part of our Zero Hunger / Zero Waste com­mit­ment, we are phas­ing out use-once, throw-it-away plas­tic bags,” said Kenny Kimball, Pres­i­dent of Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, in a state­ment. “It’s a bold move that will bet­ter pro­tect our planet for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

By some es­ti­mates, about

100 bil­lion sin­gle-use plas­tic bags are thrown away in the United States ev­ery year. Cur­rently, less than 5 per­cent of plas­tic bags are re­cy­cled an­nu­ally in Amer­ica.

Smith’s and Kroger will so­licit cus­tomer feed­back and work with non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions and com­mu­nity part­ners to en­sure a re­spon­si­ble tran­si­tion.

“We lis­ten very closely to our cus­tomers and our com­mu­ni­ties, and we agree with their grow­ing con­cerns,” said Aubri­ana Martin­dale, Smith’s cor­po­rate af­fairs man­ager, in a news state­ment. “This de­ci­sion aligns with our “Re­stock Kroger” com­mit­ment to live our pur­pose through so­cial im­pact.”

Ear­lier this week, Kroger was named to the sixth spot in Fortune mag­a­zine’s Change the World 2018 list. The recog­ni­tion high­lights the work of 57 big com­pa­nies across the world us­ing their re­sources to solve so­ci­etal prob­lems. The com­pany was rec­og­nized for its so­cial im­pact plan Zero Hunger | Zero Waste.

Lu­jan Gr­isham, Howie Mo­rales take jobs bus tour

Michelle Lu­jan Gr­isham and Howie Mo­rales, Demo­cratic can­di­dates for gov­er­nor and lieu­tenant gov­er­nor, are on a whirl­wind Jobs and Lead­er­ship Bus Tour to all 33 New Mex­ico counties. The jobs tour kicked off in Doña Ana and Luna Counties Aug. 26.

They’ll be dis­cussing jobs at a matanza at Taos Mayor David Bar­rone’s house, 609 Zia Street, from 2:30 - 4 p.m. Sun­day (Sept. 2). RSVP at events. mo­bi­lizeam­er­ica.io/dpnm/ event/15167

“Howie and I are laser-fo­cused on job cre­ation in all parts of New Mex­ico, and our com­pre­hen­sive eco­nomic plans will cre­ate jobs im­me­di­ately and give our work­ing fam­i­lies a raise while also build­ing long-term eco­nomic growth, di­ver­sity, and sta­bil­ity for gen­er­a­tions to come,” said Lu­jan Gr­isham. “We must and we will turn around the failed eco­nomic poli­cies of the last eight years and get New Mex­i­cans back to work while let­ting the world know New Mex­ico is open for busi­ness again.”

“Michelle and I have no higher pri­or­i­ties than re­build­ing our econ­omy, mak­ing New Mex­ico the leader in re­new­able en­ergy pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion, turn­ing New Mex­ico into a hub for in­ter­na­tional trade, ex­pand­ing the film in­dus­try, and get­ting New Mex­i­cans in all cor­ners of the state back to work,” Mo­rales said.

Oil ad­vo­cate Pearce stumps for re­new­ables

Steve Pearce, Re­pub­li­can can­di­date for New Mex­ico gov­er­nor, met with Kit Car­son Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive mem­bers in early Au­gust to dis­cuss his plans for pro­mot­ing re­new­able en­ergy. KCEC has set a goal of meet­ing 100 per­cent of the day­time sum­mer needs of its cus­tomers from so­lar by 2022.

Pearce sup­ports an “all of the above” ap­proach to en­ergy, in­clud­ing pro­mot­ing oil and gas pro­duc­tion, which re­main the main­stay of New Mex­ico’s fi­nan­cial health. But he said he wants to at­tract more re­new­able en­ergy and busi­nesses that use it.

“We don’t have to pick be­tween re­new­able and tra­di­tional en­ergy sources in New Mex­ico,” said Luis Reyes, Jr., head of KCEC, who threw his sup­port be­hind Pearce. “We can build a di­verse en­ergy econ­omy that cre­ates jobs and pro­vides af­ford­able en­ergy to our fam­i­lies. Steve Pearce is the right per­son to lead that ef­fort as gov­er­nor.”

“New Mex­ico is poised to lead the na­tion in clean, re­new­able en­ergy,” said Pearce in a state­ment. “What’s needed is the lead­er­ship and vi­sion to mar­ket New Mex­ico’s com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage to com­pa­nies search­ing for af­ford­able re­new­able en­ergy.”

Pearce said he wants to at­tract to New Mex­ico com­pa­nies from the RE100 (there100. org/com­pa­nies) list, such as IKEA and Lego, that have com­mit­ted to us­ing 100 per­cent re­new­able en­ergy. He said New Mex­ico’s “unique com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage in so­lar and wind en­ergy should be lever­aged to en­cour­age these com­pa­nies.”

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Steve Pearce

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Michelle Lu­jan Gr­isham

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