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Shoppers Drug Mart will eliminate its single-use plastic bags 

Wednesday, 01/02/2023

Shoppers Drug Mart, a well-known pharmacy company in Canada, stated that it would no longer provide single-use plastic bags to consumers, thereby eliminating the product from its stores. We think that this is in response to the earlier restriction imposed by Montreal and other cities, which prohibited the use of single-use plastic bags in all grocery stores.

In an interview, a member of the pharmacy's management team said that their main goal was to "fight climate change" and "do their part to reduce single use plastic entering the environment." As part of its goal to combat climate change, the corporation hopes to reach net-zero gas emissions by 2050. One can only hope that other well-known retailers, such as Shoppers Drug Mart, will be motivated to follow suit.

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Starting Jan. 31, Shoppers Drug Mart will stop offering the use of single-use plastic shopping bags in all of its stores. While the firm encourages customers to bring their own bags to its stores, reusable alternatives will be available at checkout lanes.

"Our commitment to fight climate change by reducing our carbon footprint is an important part of our company's purpose," said Pat Dean, senior vice president, front store and category management, Shoppers Drug Mart, in a statement. "Cleaner communities make for healthier communities, and we're pleased to do our part to reduce the amount of single-use plastic entering our natural environment."

Other environment, social, and governance (ESG) targets for the Loblaw-owned drugstore chain include attaining net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, reducing plastic waste by making all control brand and in-store packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, and sending zero food waste to landfill by 2030.


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