BYOB to Quebec's SAQ Liquor Stores

BYOB to Quebec's SAQ Liquor Stores

Regina Yunghans
Jan 23, 2009

That's Bring Your Own Bag. Starting January 1, 2009, Quebec's SAQ (Société des alcools du Québec) completely eliminated disposable bags from their check-out routine. Customers are asked to bring their own sacks as part of an environmental effort in the new year.

Back in September, SAQ started charging as much as 25 cents for disposable plastic bags. Now, they've eliminated them altogether...

The initial effort to charge for plastic bags helped use by SAQ customers use by 91%. That response led to this year's complete elimination of plastic bags. SAQ's press release on the move reads that "Eliminating single-use bags will enable the SAQ to reduce consumption by some 80 million bags a year".

We think this is a great initiative and hope to see other retailers making the same move in the near future.

Local Montreal blog Midnight Poutine, however, plays devil's advocate on SAQ's recent plastic bag ban here.

Want to make the switch yourself? To get started, here are a few reusable bags featured on AT, from Baggu, Bag the Habit, and Flip & Tumble. Find yourself up to your ears in plastic ones? Here are some ways to reuse them.

Photo: CBC News

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