Customers will have a variety of reusable alternatives available at checkout lanes
Today, Loblaw Companies Limited announced that effective November 1, it will no longer offer single-use plastic shopping bags at stores across the Northwest Territories, including Glen’s Independent Grocer and Rochdi’s Independent Grocer. Today’s announcement is the next step in the company’s efforts to reduce single-use plastic and its overall environmental footprint.
“We are a purpose-led organization, with a goal to help Canadians live life well. Our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint is an important part of that,” said Robert Sawyer, Chief Operating Officer, Loblaw Companies Limited. “Our efforts to remove single-use plastic bags from our stores have already resulted in 13 billion fewer bags going to landfill. But we know there’s more work to be done. Today’s announcement represents our continued commitment to protecting our environment across the region and beyond.”
Customers are encouraged to bring their own bags to the stores, but there will also be a variety of reusable alternatives available at checkout lanes, including the iconic black PC reusable bag or PC reusable totes.
This is the latest in a long line of announcements related to Loblaw’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts. Notably, Loblaw has committed to: net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 for Scope 1 and 2, and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 for Scope 3; reduce plastic waste by making all of its control brand and in-store packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025; and, send zero food waste to landfill by 2030. The full scope of the Company’s ESG commitments can be found in its 2021 ESG Report.
Source: Company Press Release