FUN: Store finds cheeky way to stop customers from using plastic bags
A Vancouver grocery store has found a new way of getting customers to bring their reusable bags when shopping: embarrassment.
The East West Market, a grocery store that specializes in natural, organic, and fair trade products, recently switched out its single use plastic bags with new ones that advertise "The Colon Care Co-op" and "Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium."
Store owner David Lee Kwen told CTV News since the change; about 90 per cent of customers bring in their own reusable bags.
"We wanted to create a conversation and I think that was accomplished," Kwen said. "It's actually a year-long project. We've been trying to get usage down."
While many people liked the store's message of "avoid the shame. Bring a reusable bag," others may like the humorous and kitschy plastic bags a little too much.
"Nope this just makes me want to use your plastic bags even more, sorry not sorry, this is awesome," said one Facebook commenter.
Kwen said people seem to like the fake store logos so much, he hopes to have them printed on to a batch of canvas bags sometime next month.
The City of Montreal banned merchants from offering light plastic bags to consumers on January 1, 2018. The bags can still be found in demerged cities on the island and other municipalities off the island.
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