Heads-up: Shoppers Drug Mart is getting rid of plastic bags as of Tuesday

Shoppers Drug Mart is getting rid of single-use plastic bans, announced Monday. (Photo courtesy: Google Maps)

If you’re headed to Shoppers Drug Mart, you may want to start bringing your own bags from home.

The Canadian retail pharmacy chain is beginning their transition away from single-use plastic shopping bags starting Tuesday, and are encouraging customers to bring their own bags.

“Our commitment to fight climate change by reducing our carbon footprint is an important part of our company’s purpose,” Senior Vice President, Front Store and Category Management of Shoppers Drug Mart Pat Dean said in the news release on Monday. 

“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,” he added. 

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 says it’s working on reducing its reliance on single-use plastic and its overall environmental footprint. 

Notably, it has also committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, reducing plastic waste by making all of its control brand and in-store packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, and sending zero food waste to landfill by 2030.

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