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No more plastic bags at Walmart

US giant Walmart, which weighs nearly $ 488 billion on the stock market, will abandon single-use plastic bags for good in 400 stores nationwide within three months, has learned The newspaper.

“Eliminating plastic bags is an important step in our journey to become a regenerative business and it is the right thing to do,” confirmed Horacio Barbeito, CEO of Walmart Canada, in a statement to Journal.

Walmart is allowing itself until Earth Day, April 22, to stop using single-use plastic bags.

In total, this measure will prevent the use of nearly three quarters of a billion plastic bags each year.

On Tuesday, Walmart pointed out that the amount of plastic bags in circulation is the equivalent of ten times around the planet.

Since last August, a dozen Walmart stores had tried the experiment in a pilot project, which had made it possible to divert nearly 6 million plastic bags.

Today, all the stores of the American giant are turning their backs on the famous plastic bag.

From now on, customers will have to bring their reusable bags. Walmart will also sell it in stores.

During the day, the Federal Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (MEC), Steven Guilbeault, praised the efforts of the American multinational.

“The Government of Canada is committed to banning certain single-use plastics, and I would like to thank companies like Walmart Canada for making a commitment to meet the expectations of an environmentally conscious public,” he said. he declares.

“Canadians told us it is high time to clean our beaches, parks, streets and shores of the plastics that pollute them,” he concluded.

Other eco-friendly actions from Walmart

  • Eliminate plastic wrap from organic banana bunches
  • Increase in post-consumer recycled content in bakeries
  • Introduction of new packaging for sausage trays
  • Abandonment of single-use plastic straws

(Source : Walmart)

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