Follow Tesco's Lead and End the Sale of Plastic Bags in Loblaw Stores Across Canada

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Platic bags are everywhere - they are in clothing stores, grocery stores and basically every kind of store you can imagine. They are cheap to produce and convenient for shoppers to place their merchandise in; however, they are also a major environmental risk and hazard. Allow me to elaborate. Every year an estimated 300 million plastic bags end up in the Atlantic Ocean which results in sea creatures becoming entangled, or even dying through digestion or inhalation. And while plastic bags become increasingly dangerous for ocean wildlife, the effects are also felt on land. Plastic bags are not biodegradable therefore they never fully break down which means the toxins live on for decades; centuries even. It is estimated that one bag has the potential to kill one animal every three months due to inhalation and or digestion. The plastic bag has dire effects and consequences on the natural world and so I am petitioning Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada's largest food distribution company, to do the right thing and END the sale of plastic bags to it's customers.

Just this week (week of August 7th) it was announced that Tesco (Britains largest grocery chain and the third largest retailing company in the world) would no longer be offering plastic bags. Instead, they will be selling a reuseable bag that will be sold for only 10 pence (roughly 17 cents CAD) and will be replaced free of charge if it is damaged or worn out. 

The Loblaw website clearly states that one of the companies core values is to "improve the health and well-being of all Canadians" and so I ask that Galen G. Weston, the Chairman and executive officer of Loblaw, do just that. Demonstrate great leadership, Mr. Weston and be the first major company in Canada to take a stand against a true environmental hazard: the plastic bag. 



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