Loblaw cutting back on bags

Grocery giant Loblaw is eliminating single use plastic bags from its stores across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories starting November 1.

In Manitoba and Sasaktchewn this includes No Frills, Real Canadian Superstore, Extra Foods, Your Independent Grocer and Wholesale Club stores. In the NWT it includes Glen’s Independent Grocer and Rochdi’s Independent Grocer.

“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 province and beyond.”

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.

Loblaw has a network of 2,500 stores across the country.