Sobeys has announced that it plans to remove plastic bags from all of its stores by the end of January 2020.
The grocery store chain, headquartered in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, revealed that it’s aiming to be the first national grocery store to completely get rid of plastic bags. The removal will include other stores under the Sobeys chain like FreshCo, IGA, Foodland, Safeway, and Rachelle Béry.
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Sobeys will no longer offer plastic bags at any of its 255 locations across Canada, removing a whopping 225 million plastic grocery bags from circulation every year.
“Our customers and our employees have told us loud and clear – they want us to use less plastic – and we agree with them,” Empire Company Limited president and CEO Michael Medline explains in a statement. “This is a first step, and we plan to make meaningful progress every year to take plastic out of our stores and our products.”
As a result, paper bags will be made available, but Sobeys hopes for customers to bring their own reusable bags.