Loblaws will continue to charge for plastic shopping bags a the register, in order to promote the reuse of cloth bags.
I wish to share a letter to the editor in advance of the publication of our print August/September edition, in which the letter will also appear. My attention was drawn by Loblaws supermarket chain’s public relations director that a news story we ran recently, that you can view here.
The article included Loblaws in a list of grocers that are discontinuing charging five-cent fee on plastic shopping bags fee. The charge on bags is meant to spur customers to adopt reusable cloth bags.
Loblaws has written to us and says it’s maintaining the five-cent fee. We support these bag surcharges and are glad to see that this retailer (at least) is sticking with them, according to this letter.
Your latest issue identified Loblaw among retailers not charging for plastic shopping bags. That’s not the case. In fact, we quite proudly continue to charge a small five-cent fee. But this isn’t about collecting nickels. It’s about keeping plastic out of landfills. To date, our actions have meant more than six billion fewer bags have left our stores. And, with a portion of the proceeds for plastic bags, we’ve donated $6 million to WWF Canada to fund a variety of environmental programs. For the full story, readers should visit Loblaw.ca/csr.
Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communication