“Over 1 million plastic bags are used every minute, most of which are filled once, then discarded. So, we redesigned our bags to stop people from taking them, helping customers remember a reusable bag and thing twice about single-use plastic,” the store wrote in a Facebook video for the new bags.
“Avoid the shame. Bring a reusable bag,” they said.
Whether the initiative works remains to be seen. Customers appear split in the comments section on East West’s Facebook page, with some praising the store and others questioning its use of plastic bags in other areas of the store, such as the produce and bakery sections.
Regardless, East West’s owner David Lee Kwen remains hopeful the new bags will make a difference. As he explained to VancouverIsAwesome.com, “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.”