Unprecedented Partnerships

The sheer scale of the challenge calls for collaboration

To accelerate innovation for much-needed solutions, Closed Loop Partners – with Founding Partners CVS Health, Target and Walmart, and joined by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Dollar General, Kroger, The TJX Companies, Inc., Ulta Beauty, Ahold Delhaize USA Brands, Albertsons Companies, Hy-Vee, Meijer, Wakefern Food Corp., and Walgreens – is forming the Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag. Collectively, Consortium Partners have committed more than $15 million to launch the Beyond the Bag Initiative.


Why Collaborate?

  • Demonstrates collective commitment and ambition to move the needle on this waste challenge
  • Reframes the issue beyond short-term fixes to long-lasting, systemic solutions 
  • Sends a unified signal, calling for transformational innovation to identify potential solutions to this long standing environmental challenge
  • Provides a platform to develop holistic solutions that are sustainable at every step of the process – from production and use to reuse and recovery

Engaging the Ecosystem

The Beyond the Bag Initiative not only brings together major retailers as Consortium Partners, but also engages with stakeholders across the bag value chain, including suppliers, materials recovery facilities, municipalities, advocacy groups and others to support this collaborative approach designed to promote viable market solutions that can scale, and bring value to retailers, customers and end markets.