Vancouver grocery store puts embarrassing logos on shopping bags to reduce plastic use

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A Vancouver grocery store has discouraged people from using their plastic shopping bags by putting embarrassing designs onto them.

East West Market, an independent grocery store, hopes the move will encourage its customers to bring their own reusable bags to shop instead of relying on the single-use plastics many are used to.

Customers will be charged five cents per ’embarrassing’ plastic bag they take, which will have messages such as ‘Weird Adult Video Emporium’ and ‘Wart Ointment Wholesale’ printed on them.

The gourmet specialist market, located on Main Street and King Edward Avenue, believes the campaign will influence people to switch to more environmentally friendly bags wherever they choose to shop.

David Lee Kwen, East West’s owner, said: “So many people own reusable bags but forget to bring them. We want to help customers remember their reusable bags in a way that will really stick with them.”

“It’s certainly generated interest in what we’re trying to put out. Once you start a conversation, it will skyrocket from there, I think,” he added.



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