Dick’s Sporting Goods is going green.
The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based sporting goods retail giant — whose offerings include numerous snowsports products — this week announced two major environmental actions. The company committed to remove all single-use point-of-sale plastic bags from its stores by 2025 and also formed a partnership with Closed Loop Partners’ Center for the Circular Economy.
Citing the huge number of plastic bags used in retail and the small percentage of those that are recycled, Dick’s said it has been working to reduce its environmental footprint with a recycling rate of 70 percent for its retail stores and operations. But the next step in this journey is putting a focus on eliminating single-use retail plastic bags.
So the company has joined the Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag as the lead Sports and Outdoors sector partner and will work alongside founding partners CVS Health, Target and Walmart, as well as Kroger and Walgreens, through the Consortium’s Beyond the Bag Initiative.
“Our customers are outdoor enthusiasts who are passionate about working together to keep our planet clean and safe for future generations,” said Peter Land, chief communications and sustainability officer at Dick’s Sporting Goods. “Like our customers, we’re committed to doing what we can to prevent waste from ending up in our oceans and natural environment, and we look forward to working on the Beyond the Bag Initiative.”
As the Consortium’s Sports & Outdoors Sector Lead Partner, Dick’s will direct priorities and activities for the initiative within this sector.
“We want to realize a future in which waste is a thing of the past. Dick’s commitment to creating a more sustainable world for its customers makes them a perfect partner of the Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag,” said Kate Daly, managing director of the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners.