Another Canadian-based company is making a big move to help the environment. The popular shoe store ALDO will eliminate plastic bags from all of its stores, including its Call It Spring brand.
ALDO follows in the footsteps of Sobeys, which announced that it would stop using plastic bags in all of its stores by the end of January 2020.
The move makes a lot of sense for the shoe retailer, which has already taken steps to eliminate the need for plastic bags. For the last ten years, ALDO has been offering customers shoeboxes with ropes for easy carrying in addition to plastic bags. The plan now is to offer only the roped shoeboxes and eco-totes.
"We now believe that our consumers are ready to accept our boxes as the solution to carry their shoes home," said David Bensadoun, chief executive officer of the ALDO Group in a press release from the company.
To celebrate its new environmental initiative, ALDO will be holding activations at its major New York and London locations. The events will draw attention to the positive effects that eliminating plastic bags will have on the environment. This includes saving 8,500 trees per year.
ALDO and Call It Spring have already been leading the charge on corporate environmentalism. ALDO was the first fashion retailer in the world to be certified climate neutral, and Call It Spring has eliminated all animal materials from its products. They will also strive to use more sustainable materials in the future.
ALDO will still offer bags to customers who want them in the form of reusable "eco-totes" that come in four sizes. These eco-totes will be made from recycled plastic, and all proceeds from their sales will go to The Ocean Legacy Foundation and to Ocean Conservancy. Call It Spring's bag sales will contribute to clean water projects in Kenya through ME to WE.
"Our company purpose is a journey to create a world of love, confidence and belonging," Bensadoun said in the company's press release. "This purpose pushes us to help create a more sustainable future through our business operations."