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Plastic-free July: Reusable produce bags

Grocery stores are making it easier for customers by offering more reusable options when shopping.

BOISE, Idaho — If you're still looking for a way to help reduce your plastic footprint, grocery stores are trying to make it easier for customers by offering products like reusable produce and grocery bags in an effort to eliminate waste.

The ocean is currently filled with out 165 million tons of plastic. That's about 25 times heavier than the Great Pyramid of Giza.

And according to one study, by 2050 the amount of plastic in our oceans will outweigh fish.

RELATED: City of Boise launches 'Plastics Challenge' to reduce plastic waste

This month, Albertsons has teamed up with a company called Lotus Trolley & Produce Bags in an effort to have customers use more eco-friendly reusable options when shopping at the grocery store.

We spoke with the co-founder of the bag company Thursday afternoon. He says making the smallest change -- like using tote bags instead of plastic bags -- can make a huge impact.

"Plastic pollution is something that affects everybody,” said Farzan Dehmoubed. “There's over two million plastic bags that are used every minute. So the average family uses over 1,500 plastic bags every year. If you can make one simple change by using a solution that helps you eliminate all that waste, and multiply it by thousands, that's a real significant impact on that waste."

Since launching in 2017, Lotus Trolley Bag says they've eliminated 116 million single-use plastic products.

And earlier this year, Albertsons pledged that 100 percent of its own brands packaging will be recyclable, reusable, or industrially compostable by 2025.

There are hundreds of other reusable products available on the market.          

You can still sign up and take the city of Boise's plastics challenge.

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