Toronto councilors have decided to backtrack on their decision earlier this year to ban single-use plastic bags from grocery stores, a move that was to take effect as of January 1, 2013. The decision is reported to be based on legal advice sought after the City was confronted with legal challenges, including one from the Ontario Convenience Stores Association. The motion to reverse the ban was passed on a vote of 38 to 7 but Toronto City Council is due to revisit the proposed plastic bag ban again in June. Some members of Council, at least, seem to be hoping to revive the initiative.
Now, after former Mayor Ford succeeded in striking down the 5-cent plastic bag fee, it leaves Toronto in the unenviable position where the use and sale of plastic bags is completely unregulated – meaning we’re likely to see even more of them blowing around on the streets and filling up landfills. It’s estimated that Torontonians use about 215 million plastic bags annually, a mountain that requires approximately 1,400 tonnes of plastic to manufacture. Ouch.
That’s not what today’s consumer wants. Even without an official ban, many consumers are already in the habit of using reusable shopping bags and savvy retailers understand that offering reusable bags makes good business sense.
• You’re connecting with young, progressive and socially conscious consumers
• They’re taking your branded reusable shopping bag – and your name and logo – all over town
ICEGREEN Solutions: Reusable, Customizable, Safe and Stylish
As one of North America’s “fastest growing” manufacturers of contaminant-free and lead-free bags and other products, ICEGREEN carries a wide-variety of customizable, stylish and commercially viable packaging options for B2C, B2B and Non-Profit customers large and small, including:
• Reusable bags for retail, groceries or promotions
• Customizable Reusable bags for branding
• Thermal bags
• Paper bags
• Eco-friendly poly bags
• Nylon bags
• Tree-free stone paper bags
• Eco-jewellery packaging & gift boxes
• Recycled gift wrap
• Eco-friendly plain tissue paper
• And more…
Contact us today to find out more about reusable bags. Your customers will love them – and so will you!
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