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5 cents for plastic bags

Yesterday while shopping at Loblaws I noticed a sign above the cash register that said “plastic bags –  5 cents.”

The goal is to divert 1 billion plastic bags for landfills by year end

As of January 12th, 2009 Loblaws no longer offered complimentary plastic bags with a shoppers purchase. This pilot project launched in Toronto after the campaign offering a discount for shoppers with reusable bags seemed to be failing. Loblaws only saw a 4% reduction in plastic bag use under the rebate for your own bag policy but an average of a 55% reduction in plastic bags use.

I now have several of the reusable bags. Late in the fall some of the grocery stores were giving them out as a promotion and more recently I’ve been collecting them from clothing stores. And after all it is all the little things we can do that add up.

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Comment from David
Time April 10, 2009 at 12:32 pm

you should check out the ikea stats. if i remember correctly (and i probably dont) they had an 80% reduction in plastic bags when they started charging

Comment from sasha
Time April 10, 2009 at 3:18 pm

When Ikea first introduced the program to Canada in July 2007 their goal was to reduce plastic bag consumption by 50%. The program was released as the “Bag the bag” program and it would cost customers 5c per plastic bag; all proceeds from the plastic bags were donated to Tree Canada. Within the first 6 months of the program Ikea saw a 90% decrease in total bag consumption.