Lowe’s Canada Bag Use Down 58 Per Cent

Lowe’s Canada says that the introduction of a charge on plastic bags at its corporate stores in Quebec in June 2018 and in the rest of Canada in August of the same year has had a significant impact on the number of plastic bags used in its network. In 2019, the customers of its Lowe’s, RONA, and Reno-Depot corporate stores used 58 per cent fewer plastic bags than in 2017, which represents about 10 million bags. In 2018, the introduction of the charge midyear resulted in over five million fewer plastic bags being used in Lowe’s Canada’s corporate stores versus the previous year. The retailer will donate all profits from plastic-bag charges to the Nature Conservancy of Canada to support its conservation work across the country. Between June 2018 and December 2019, these profits amounted to more than $125,000. This fall, Lowe’s Canada is introducing a reusable bag at its stores. Profits from the sales of these bags will also go to the Nature Conservancy of Canada to help it protect dozens of natural spaces and native species in Canada.