If you have purchased Kroger’s Simple Truth™ Compostable Plates, you may qualify for compensation.

If you live in the state of California and have purchased Kroger’s Simple Truth™ compostable plates, you could be eligible to receive compensation for your damages. We are seeking people to help us hold Kroger accountable for their misleading and false advertising on this product – contact the attorneys at Lexington Law Group to see if you qualify.



Kroger’s Simple Truth™ Compostable Plates Lawsuit


California defines a product as compostable when “all the materials…will break down into… usable compost (e.g., soil conditioning material, mulch) in a safe and timely manner.” Through recent testing, Kroger’s Simple Truth™ compostable plates have been found to contain significant amounts of PFAS chemicals, which do NOT break down to meet the requirements of the law. 


Not only is Kroger deceiving and misleading shoppers by labeling these plates as “compostable,” they are also charging more money for these plates than other comparable paper plates. Kroger has made a substantial amount of money by making false claims about their product and have taken advantage of their customers’ environmental consciousness.


You can help hold Kroger accountable for falsely advertising their paper plates as compostable, and you can receive compensation for the damages incurred through your purchase of this product. If you have recently purchased Kroger’s Simple Truth™ compostable plates, contact Lexington Law Group for a free consultation. 



Kroger Falsely Labeling Paper Plates as Compostable


Compostable containers and utensils have grown in popularity due to increased concerns about the environment, and companies are wanting to cash in on the environmental conscience of their customers. They falsely market their products to make shoppers think that they are contributing to a sustainable planet, while the components in these products are not environmentally friendly. 

Kroger’s Simple Truth™ compostable plates have been found to contain significant levels of PFAS chemicals. Kroger is charging more for their compostable plates because of the false claim that it will break down into a compost stream, but the fact that PFAS chemicals are used in these plates means that they are, by definition, NOT compostable. 

The definition of compostable by California Law is a federal standard which states that ‘‘all the materials in the product or package [must] break down into, or otherwise become a part of, usable compost (e.g., soil conditioning material, mulch) in a safe and timely manner in an appropriate composting program or facility, or in a home compost pile or device.’’ The law defines “timely manner” to mean “in approximately the same time as the materials with which it is composted.’’ Since the PFAS chemicals in Kroger’s Simple Truth™ plates do not break down in a compost in the same manner and timeline that the rest of the components do, the claim that these plates are compostable is clearly a false statement. 

What Are PFAS Chemicals?


PFAS chemicals (short for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are used in the manufacturing of many different items, from food packaging to carpet and in almost anything “nonstick” or “waterproof.” Firefighting foam has also contained PFAS chemicals for quite some time, which has caused issues with groundwater contamination.

How Do PFAS Affect Compostability?


When items in an active compost break down, they become a rich soil which can be used as a sustainable source of nutrients for plants. As they break down, they slowly release chemicals and gases into the air, ground and waterstream. Most of these chemicals are natural and expected to be put back into the environmental systems, but if the compost contains toxic PFAS chemicals, those substances become part of the mix and enter into the ground and water sources nearby.


What Are The Consequences of PFAS Compost Contamination?


If a compost stream becomes contaminated with PFAS chemicals, the effects can spread to food and water that come into contact with it. This means that if the compost soil is later used in fertilizer to grow crops, feed livestock, or plant a garden, these plants and animals will also contain PFAs chemicals. Even with small traces, these chemicals have been linked with certain cancers and endocrine issues. 

For example, in early 2019, a dairy farm in Maine discovered that its cows’ milk was tainted with PFAS chemicals, and through investigation, traced the toxic contamination all the way back to the fertilizer used on the fields which grew the cow’s feed. The farm was forced into $500,000 of debt and has found it challenging to become PFAS free.


How Do I Know If I Qualify?


If you live in the state of California and have purchased Kroger’s Simple Truth™ compostable plates, you could be eligible to receive compensation for your damages. The best way to find out if you qualify is to contact us for a free consultation and to tell us your story. We are seeking people to help us hold Kroger accountable for their misleading and false advertising on this product. 


  • I live in the state of California

  • I have purchased Kroger’s Simple Truth™ compostable plates


Why Should I Fight This With Lexington Law Group?


The lawyers at Lexington Law Group have over a century of combined experience litigating complex public interest cases. Our expertise has allowed us to win cases which have resulted in large industry-wide settlements, comprehensive industry reform efforts and the removal of toxic chemicals such as lead, arsenic and cadmium from millions of different consumer products. We are confident that fighting for the reform and removal of PFAS chemicals in environmental consumer products will be our next achievement.  

Our lawyers and staff members are committed to fighting on behalf of individuals affected by societal harms like air and water pollution, greenwashing and exposures to toxic chemicals. Lexington Law Group brings a creative determination to each and every client we represent and case we bring. Join us as we seek to make companies pay for their deceptive claims.

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