A year after announcing its new, more environmentally friendly packaging, Sears Holdings Corp has decided to ditch its disposable, recyclable plastic bags.
The move comes as the U.S. plastic bag industry, which employs roughly 6.7 million Americans, struggles to recover from a wave of new disposable packaging, such as reusable bags, reusable milk bottles and water bottles.
“It’s been a year of trying to figure out how to move forward,” Sears said in a statement.
“It’s clear to us that the new packaging that’s coming in the U, including disposable, won’t be sustainable.”
Sears will make the changes at its flagship stores, including its flagship flagship stores in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.
The changes will also go into effect in some of its other U.K. locations.
The company said it will make plastic-free plastic packaging a core component of its shopping experience by 2019.
The announcement comes just weeks after Sears announced a $1 billion deal to buy the Chicago-based chain’s business for $1.6 billion.