The LCBO's Brown Paper Bag Won't Be Around For Much Longer & Some People Aren't Pleased
Bring your own bags is the new BYOB.
The LCBO is planning to ditch paper bags in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint and help the environment.
According to a statement by the company, the move is expected to save almost 190,000 trees annually and divert more than 2,600 tonnes of paper waste from going to landfill.
“Fifteen years ago, we took the lead to remove single-use plastic bags from our stores. Now, the removal of single-use paper bags is another important step in our efforts to minimize our impact on the environment,” LCBO's President and CEO, George Soleas, said in a release.
“We know that our customers believe strongly in our initiatives to innovate on packaging and create less waste.”
The retailer is now urging customers to bring their own reusable bags when shopping in-store. If customers don't have their own bags, they will have the option to purchase a reusable bag for a nominal fee or opt for a reused cardboard box or an 8-pack carrier at no cost.
Starting May 24, the LCBO will also be selling reusable cooler bags for the summer season.
The move has been met with skepticism so far.
If you believe industries are ditching smaller plastic or even paper bags to save the environment, then think again. Bring in the big plastic bags that pollutes more and cost way more.
— Cryptos_AndaMule (@crypto_earlyman) April 27, 2023
Many people on Twitter were quick to point out that most reusable bags cannot be recycled.
NO! THIS IS BAD!
Paper bags are way more environmentally friendly than the "reusable" bags.
— Kelson 🚀 (@_K_E_L_S_O_N_) April 27, 2023
Or need to be used several times to contribute to a lower carbon footprint.
Bad move. A lot of people forget to bring their reusable bags. And then have to buy another new one. But reusable bags have to be used at least 50-100 times to actually have a lower carbon footprint than using plastic bags, so probably even more compared to the paper ones.
— Nick Wads (@NicholasWads) April 27, 2023
Others hypothesized that the LCBO's latest move is simply a cost-cutting measure.
\u201cJeez. The LCBO near me has been out of the cardboard can-carriers for probably 6 months. This will just lead to bigger stacks of costly, resource-intensive "re-usable bags" in people's trunks and closets. Most likely a cost-savings/cash-grab move.\u201d— Ben (69% Government Funded) Singer (@Ben (69% Government Funded) Singer) 1682602577
An official timeline for the phasing out of the brown paper bags hasn't been offered yet.
"Depleting existing paper bag inventory may take several months and differ by location," an LCBO representative told Narcity in an email.
"We will continue to keep our customers updated as supplies deplete."