Get ready to start remembering your reusable bags every time you go to the store. Sobeys plastic bags will be gone forever starting this Friday. The amount that is being taken out of circulation is actually quite staggering.
According to the company, a total of 225 million plastic bags will be removed from every single Canadian location. That's enough to wrap around the Earth (twice!).
Other stores under the Sobeys banner, including Safeway, FreshCo, and Foodland, will also work toward eliminating disposable carriers entirely.
Customers are being asked to pack their own sacks or to buy paper ones in store for 10 cents each.
Plastic produce bags will also be replaced by fabric mesh carriers that can be purchased or recycled in store.
Customers will also have the option of purchasing new reusable vessels for 99 cents. There will also be smaller ones available for 25 cents each.
Canada has been making a shift toward banning all single-use plastic. According to the government, approximately 15 billion of the single-use bags are used by Canadians every year.
On top of that, 3 million tonnes of plastic waste are discarded annually, accounting for about $8 billion of lost value. Yet only about 10 percent of the plastic used in the country is actually recycled.
Making one disposable bag also uses enough petroleum to heat one litre of water or drive a car 1.6 kilometres.
"Canadians know first-hand the impacts of plastic pollution, and are tired of seeing their beaches, parks, streets, and shorelines littered with plastic waste," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.
With this latest move from Sobeys, the rest of the country is now catching up with Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Those provinces have already abandoned the single-use bags altogether.
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