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Too many plastic bags in online order/pickup: Halifax shopper



A shopper in Halifax has raised the alarm over what she believes as the excessive use of plastic bags used by a food retailer for its online ordering and pickup service.

When the customer arrived at the Atlantic Superstore in Halifax to pick up her order, she found that the 21 items she ordered had been packed in 16 single-use plastic bags, although she says she notified the store beforehand that she would be using her own reusable bags.

“It kind of upset me thinking that people were going to be using this service and literally not able to opt out of all the plastics,” the customer told CBC News.

In an email response to CBC News, a Loblaws spokesperson admitted that the number of bags used seemed excessive. He pointed out the company offers customers the option to bring reusable bags, and said this incident was probably an error.

“Our personal shoppers will bring the order out in bins and pack it directly into the reusable bags in the customer’s car. It seems that in this case this did not happen,” he said.

Photo: Colleen Turlo as submitted to CBC News

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