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MoneyA grocery store's plan to shame shoppers for using plastic bags completely backfired

18:26  11 july  2019
18:26  11 july  2019 Source:   nationalpost.com

A Canadian Company's Hilarious Plan To Shame Plastic Bag Users Is Completely Backfiring

A Canadian Company's Hilarious Plan To Shame Plastic Bag Users Is Completely Backfiring These embarrassing plastic bags are meant to encourage customers to bring reusable bags. While the idea was a good one, it's now completely backfiring on the store as Canadians flock in to get their hands on these hilarious plastic bags. Last month, East West Market's owner, David Lee Kwen wanted to do his part in helping the environment. After attempting to charge a fee for plastic bags, he quickly realized it wasn't encouraging customers to bring their own bags. So Kwen came up with a much more creative idea to encourage people to bring in their own reusable bags.

A Vancouver store introduced plastic bags with embarrassing messages to persuade customers to Shoppers who chose to use a plastic carrier would not only be charged 5 cents apiece, they would Bring a reusable bag .” The grocery store ’ s sly campaign reflects how the nation is trying to become

A Canadian grocery store put embarrassing slogans on plastic bags , such as "Wart Ointment Wholesale" and Public shame . That' s the tactic one Canadian grocery store used to get customers to ditch Shoppers who didn't bring in their own bags to the East West Market in Vancouver left with

A grocery store's plan to shame shoppers for using plastic bags completely backfired © East West Market/Instagram An example of one of the slogans used on East West Market's plastic bags.

Shaming your customers will certainly deter them from frequenting your business, right? Well, for a Vancouver grocery store, that couldn’t be more wrong.

East West Market owner David Kwen implemented a colourful way of encouraging his shoppers to bring their own reusable bags. For customers who forgot them, their groceries were packed in head-turning plastic bags that read “Wart Ointment Wholesale,” “Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium” or “The Colon Care Co-Op.”

The idea was to shame shoppers for using plastic bags and convert them to eco-friendly, reusable bags. Instead, people flocked to the grocery store, paying the five-cent plastic bag penalty just to get their hands on the unique designs.

Plastic bag ban now in effect for Jasper town site

Plastic bag ban now in effect for Jasper town site The town approved a bylaw banning single-use plastic bags in June, which went into effect Monday. Waste reduction is a priority for town council, said Mayor Richard Ireland. "It will have a direct impact on shoppers in town who are users of the broader park," he said, noting many of those shoppers are tourists. "Hopefully they will understand why we've taken this action, and they might take those notions back to their home communities and start implementing them there. So we are very hopeful that there will be a broader influence far beyond our local boundary." The ban applies to the town site only.

A Canadian grocery store put embarrassing slogans, such as "Wart Ointment Wholesale" and "Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium," on plastic Public shame . That' s the tactic one Canadian grocery store used to get customers to ditch single- use plastics and instead utilize reusable shopping bags .

A Canadian grocery store put embarrassing slogans on plastic bags For store owner David Kwen, the bags evolved out of wanting to bring more awareness to reducing consumption — in a humorous way. We redesigned our plastic bags to help you never forget again!” But the scheme backfired .

Kwen clearly didn’t expect his eco-effort to backfire like that.

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The bags were meant to be a deterrent, but Kwen wasn’t crushed by his attempts to make his customers more green.

“The underlying thing is that it creates conversation and that’s what we actually wanted to get across to the general public,” he told NPR .

Now, in an effort to meet customer demand while also being environmentally conscious, Kwen will print the slogans on canvas tote bags so shoppers can reuse them.

Thank you guys for your patience ❤️ Our canvas bags will be available for purchasing very soon! ????

Posted by East West Market on Monday, July 8, 2019

The plastic bags have become so popular, some out-of-city fans have even been asking whether the owner will make the canvas ones available to purchase online.

Victoria's plastic bag ban quashed by B.C. court

Victoria's plastic bag ban quashed by B.C. court In a unanimous decision, the court ruled that because Victoria's primary aim in enacting the ban was environment, they required approval by the Minister of Environment — something they failed to receive. The city argued the bylaw was "a valid regulation in relation to business," but in her ruling, Madam Justice Newbury wrote that wasn't the case. "The city did not set out to prohibit some types of checkout bags and encourage other types in order to interfere with or somehow improve business transactions," she wrote.

Public shame . That’ s the tactic one Canadian grocery store used to get customers to ditch single- use plastics and Shoppers who didn’t bring in their own bags to the East West Market in Vancouver left with We redesigned our plastic bags to help you never forget again!” But the scheme backfired .

Public shame . That' s the tactic one Canadian grocery store used to get customers to ditch single- use plastics and For store owner David Kwen, the bags evolved out of wanting to bring more awareness to We redesigned our plastic bags to help you never forget again!" But the scheme backfired .

One user commented “Global delivery to (Australia) please!” Another on the east coast said she’d love to order some.

Vancouver doesn’t have an all-out plastic bag ban in the city and charges customers five cents per bag. Victoria, in an effort to phase out plastic bags, charges 25 cents per plastic bag.

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