Shoppers Drug Mart has begun its transition away from single-use plastic shopping bags across all stores, encouraging customers to bring their own bags when shopping. The company aims to reduce its reliance on single-use plastic and its overall environmental footprint.
"Our commitment to fight climate change by reducing our carbon footprint is an important part of our company's purpose," said Pat Dean, senior vice president, front store & category management, Shoppers Drug Mart. "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."
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.
Shoppers Drug Mart has a number of environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals, as part of the Loblaw Companies (Loblaw) family. Notably, the company has committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 for Scope 1 and 2, and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 for Scope 3; 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. The full scope of the company's ESG commitments can be found in its 2021 ESG Report.