Lowe’s Canada quits plastic bags

Lowe’s Canada will stop offering single-use plastic shopping bags in its Lowe’s, RONA, and Réno-Dépôt stores as of June 2022.

The company started charging for the bags in summer 2018 to incentivize customers to adopt more sustainable shopping habits.

“Our sustainability efforts are integral to our business strategy and are part of a continuous improvement journey to protect the natural heritage of future generations,” said Jean-Sébastien Lamoureux, senior vice-president, RONA affiliates, wholesale, and public affairs.

24 million bags

Over the last three years, charging for plastic bags has reduced the number of bags used in the company’s stores by 60%, or 24 million bags.

“We want to close the loop this spring by completely removing this type of product from our stores,” said Mélanie Lussier, director, external communications and sustainable development.

Lowe’s Canada it will donate the profits from the sale of its reusable shopping bags in all its Lowe’s, RONA, and Réno-Dépôt corporate stores and participating RONA affiliate stores to the Nature Conservancy of Canada. These funds will finance conservation projects across Canada.

Green employer

In April 2021, Lowe’s Canada was recognized for its sustainability efforts and achievements as part of Mediacorp’s Canada’s Greenest Employers annual competition, which celebrates employers who have developed exceptional sustainability initiatives and led by example by creating a culture of environmental awareness within their organizations.