Sobeys plans to remove plastic grocery bags from all its grocery stores by the end of January 2020.
The company said the change will take 225 million plastic grocery bags out of circulation at the chain’s 255 locations across Canada each year.
“So many of our customers and our employees have told us loud and clear – they want us to use less plastic – and we agree with them,” Michael Medline, president and CEO of the chain’s parent, Empire Company Limited, said in a news release.
“This is a first step, and we plan to make meaningful progress every year to take plastic out of our stores and our products.”
The company said it’s the first national grocery store to eliminate plastic bags.