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Loblaw To Join The No-Plastic Revolution

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Loblaw To Join The No-Plastic Revolution

Reports on the damage being done by single use plastics have been rife in the global media, especially of late. Canada has been one of the first countries to react to the pleas of environmentalists to cut down on the use of single use plastics, with the latest big business to join the cause being Canada’s largest grocery chain, namely Loblaw Co.

The way in which products are packaged and delivered to customers, said Loblaw, is the best starting point when looking at minimising the nation’s plastic footprint. To this end, the chain has partnered with a brand by the name of Loop. The New Jersey-based TerraCycle launched Loop earlier this year at the World Economic Forum. Last-mentioned company’s main focus is on the way in which consumables are delivered to end-consumers; with the working model being that of returning to the old “Milk Man” style of delivery. Products are delivered to sellers in brand-customizable packaging; at which time the old used packaging is collected and returned to Loop to be re-purposed.

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About Circular Shopping

Loblaw has said that it expects to start testing out the new way of distribution; dubbed “circular shopping system”; in Toronto’s consumer market by 2020, and those businesses interested in being part of the test phase have been requested to state their intention as such at BuyDurable.com.

Loblaw CEO Galen Weston elaborated more on the reason behind the company’s decision to become involved with the new system, saying that there really is simply too much plastic waste being created all over the world and the country, and that the food and grocery industries are part and parcel of the problem. Weston said that the partnership with Loop is a first class example of how innovators are able to join forces with like-minded businesses in order to eventually contribute meaningful solutions to real and significant challenges and problems.

Paying More Is A Problem To Many

Its interesting to note the results of a survey regarding the general opinion held be Canadians on the issue of single-use plastics. Nearly all of the survey-participants indicated that they are fully committed to the cause of eradicating single-use plastics in their totality, but not everyone is willing or able to commit to paying more for products and food, if paying more is indeed going to be a condition connected to “doing things more responsibly”.

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