Shame can be an excellent motivator.
That’s exactly what East West Market in Vancouver, Canada is depending on to discourage its customers from toting their groceries in single-use plastic bags, which are known to be detrimental to the environment.
Instead of emblazoning its own logo onto the plastic bags, East West has begun printing logos of fictional businesses that few would proudly patronize.
Take a look at some of the savage bags below:
People may think twice about choosing a plastic bag over a reusable, environment-friendly alternative if the plastic bag appears to come from a colon care facility, an adult video store, or a wart removal clinic.
People on Twitter are cheering for East West Market.
Incredible! God bless!
— StupidHousewife (@StupidHousewif) June 13, 2019
<inappropriately loud, braying laughter>
— Bob Toy (@RobertToy1) June 13, 2019
Neat idea. Are they biodegradable/tied to charitable proceeds? @rethinkcanada
— Connor (@NotSchobal) June 13, 2019
I love this step taken. @GreeningThe Lesson to learn for many of us
— Adeline Elem (@AdeElem) June 13, 2019
Others are more skeptical.
congratz, you showed that you are completely ignorant of human nature and created a collectable.
— Raptor (@Raptornx01) June 13, 2019
But they still manufactured the bags…how does this in any way reduce plastic
— Mark M (@MMark1CLE) June 13, 2019
Sometimes well intentions backfire. Oops 😬 not nice Canada !
— Dio Split (@drazensplit) June 13, 2019
Stop supplying them. Only supply bags that are reusable at a cost.
— J (@J400SE) June 13, 2019
Love or hate the bags, the initiative may be irrelevant soon. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the effort to ban single-use plastics in Canada as early as 2021.