Participate in our plastic bag program

plasticbag.jpg Peer into any check-out aisle across Canada and you'll see that a shopping bag revolution is underway. More and more, those pesky plastic bags that harm the environment are being replaced by reusable and eco-friendly alternatives.

Though this consumer trend is making huge strides, the shopping bag revolution still has a ways to go. More than one million plastic bags are used every minute, with an even higher number being produced. These plastic bags are entangling and killing marine life, and their "microplastic" pieces are leaching into the ground and contaminating crops.

Looking for a way to encourage your customers to take part in this shopping bag revolution?

The David Suzuki Foundation has created a plastic bag program designed to help your business make a difference for the environment while improving your image to customers and potential employees.

Here are the Plastic Bag Program options available to retailers:

  1. Charge a nominal fee (two cents or more) for every plastic bag requested by a customer, and donate all or a portion of these funds generated from the sale of plastic bags to the Foundation.
  2. Offer a nominal incentive (at the cost of the plastic bag) for customers to bring in their own reusable bags.
    • For every reusable bag brought in by the customer, donate the fee to the David Suzuki Foundation.
    • Give the customer the option of keeping the incentive or of donating it to the David Suzuki Foundation.
  3. Donating all or a portion of funds generated from the sale of reusable bags.

For more information or to join the program download our ‘How to Guide’ here or contact us at: contact@davidsuzuki.org

Kin's Farm Market: A success story

Queenie Chu Peter Robinson and David Suzuki.jpg In collaboration with the David Suzuki Foundation, Kin's Farm Market chose to donate two cents to the Foundation for each reusable bag that a customer brought in. In just eight months, Kin's reached their goal of preventing half a million plastic bags from being used. Check out what they had to say about their plastic bag program experience:

"We have received a lot of positive feedback from store managers, customers, suppliers, and associates. Thanks to the campaign, Kin's has been perceived as a green/sustainable company. Whenever we interview a new candidate, they mention that one of the reasons they want to work at Kin's is because we are a green company. Before the 'Plastic Bag' campaign, we never got that kind of feedback. It is great to see that this campaign is not only sending the right message to our customers, but it is helping us recruit 'green-minded' individuals."

— Lia Fletcher, marketing manager, Kin's Farm Market