Thirty-one Northern and NorthMart stores in Nunavut and Nunavik have taken the initiative to reduce the use of disposable plastic grocery bags. NWC is breaking new ground by partnering with our customers as part of a pilot program to encourage the use of reusable shopping bags.
To assist customers in this eco-friendly initiative, NWC Northern and NorthMart provided each household in Nunavut and Nunavik with two reusable shopping bags at no cost to them; this is equivalent of over 26,000 reusable bags. NWC Northern and NorthMart has begun to charge 25 cents per plastic bag used by the customer; however all proceeds from this fee will be filtered back to each community through environmental initiatives, like community clean ups.
To date, we have reduced usage of plastic bags by 60 per cent. WOW!