Greener Tomorrow Initiative Achieves Success in Northern Canada
The program, which launched in January 2011, is aimed at reducing plastic bag consumption by providing each household with two free reusable bags. To date, the stores participating in the program have eliminated over four million retail plastic bags from the community.
“This amazing achievement would not be possible without the dedication and support of the Nunavut and Nunavik communities participating in a Greener Tomorrow,” says Christine Reimer, Vice President, Canadian Sales and Operations. “Your commitment to make your communities a greener place to live sets an example of eco-consciousness all of us can learn from.”
In an effort to encourage customers to switch to the more environmentally friendly reusable bags – Northern/NorthMart charge a 25 cent fee for retail plastic bags. All proceeds from plastic bag sales go directly back into the community.
On Earth Day, April 22, 2013, as part of Northern and NorthMart’s community promise, $497,000 in plastic bag fees collected was reinvested into communities in Nunavut and Nunavik; 37 environmental programs, across 31 communities received new funding to create or sustain their programs.
Thank you to the community members of Nunavut and Nunavik for helping to create a Greener Tomorrow.
Store Manager in Akulivik presenting the Tukisinisarvik School with a Greener Tomorrow cheque. These funds will go towards the school's spring cleanup, building garbage cans for the playground and repairing the play structure.
Store Manager in Pangnirtung presenting the Hamlet with a Greener Tomorrow cheque. These funds will go towards the community's recycling program.
Store Manager in Arviat presenting the Hamlet its Greener Tomorrow cheque to complete phase 2 of their Eco Trail.