Ottawa has announced its intention to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021. Less than 10 per cent of plastic used in Canada gets recycled, and without any change in habits, Canadians will be throwing out $11 billion worth of plastic products by 2030. The products could include such single-use items as drinking straws, water bottles, plastic bags, cutlery, stir sticks and fast food containers.
Meanwhile, a Vancouver grocery store is hoping embarrassing slogans is enough to encourage customers to bring their own bags. If you ask for a plastic bag at independent grocer East West Market, you might end up carrying your groceries home in one emblazoned with “Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium.” Or perhaps you’d think twice about a plastic bag with “Dr. Toews Wart Ointment Wholesale” written on it.
East West charges five cents per plastic bag. The designs are bright and attention-grabbing and not nearly as practical as the tote bag you always forget to bring to the grocery store. The owners of East West hope the silly slogans will not only discourage people from taking plastic bags, they will start a conversation around single-use plastics. In addition to its embarrassing slogan, each bag encourages customers to “avoid the shame” and “bring a reusable bag.”