On April 27, 2023, we announced our plans to start phasing out single-use paper bags from LCBO retail stores and convenience outlets over the coming months as part of our commitment to minimize our impact on the environment and create a more sustainable Ontario. This initiative will remove almost 135 million paper bags annually from LCBO retail stores and convenience outlets; diverting 2665 tonnes of waste from landfill and saving the equivalent of more than 188,000 trees every year.
Customers are encouraged to bring their own reusable bag when shopping in-store. Alternatively, they will have the option to purchase a reusable bag or request a re-used cardboard box or an 8-pack carrier at no cost.
This announcement comes as LCBO wraps up our Shine Sustainably campaign, our second environmental campaign under our Spirit of Sustainability platform, which spotlights our partnership with Tree Canada and our goal of planting one million trees across Ontario through reforestation programs, community tree grants, and partners in planting initiatives. As part of the campaign, LCBO customers and employees raised more than $820,000 for Tree Canada through in-store donations to help fund community planting and forest building initiatives.
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