The firm will aim to eliminate the bags from its corporate and franchise grocery stores, pharmacies, and PC Express service across Canada
Canadian retailer Loblaw Companies has unveiled plans to remove all single-use plastic shopping bags from its stores by the end of the first quarter of 2023.
The firm will aim to eliminate the bags from its corporate and franchise grocery stores, pharmacies, and PC Express service across the country.
Loblaw Companies said that its customers have already embraced the reusable bag concept.
The imposition of a plastic bag fee resulted in a 70% reduction in the use of plastic bags in its stores, with customers instead opting for the distinctive PC reusable bag and plastic bins as eco-friendly alternatives.
Customers will be supplied with a variety of reusable alternatives as the single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out province by province, said the retailer.
Loblaw Companies chief operating officer Robert Sawyer said: “As a purpose-led organisation, committed to helping Canadians live life well, we are proud to be taking a significant step on such an important environmental issue.
“Since 2007, our efforts to reduce the number of single-use plastic shopping bags leaving our stores have led to 13.8 billion fewer bags potentially going into landfill.”
Loblaw said that this is the latest in a long line of announcements related to its initiatives in the areas of environmental, social, and governance (ESG).
Loblaw has goals to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions for Scope 1 and 2 by 2040 and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions for Scope 3 by 2050.
The firm is also aiming to reduce plastic waste by making all control brands and in-store packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, and send zero food waste to landfills by 2030.