Shoppers Drug Mart announced today that it will eliminate single-use plastic shopping bags across all stores starting January 31.
The store is encouraging customers to bring their own bags when shopping.
“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 & Category Management, Shoppers Drug Mart. “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.”
While customers are encouraged to bring their own bags to the stores, there will also be a variety of reusable alternatives available at checkout lanes.
The company has committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The company also plans to reduce plastic waste by making all of its control brand and in-store packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. It also plans to send zero food waste to landfill by 2030.