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A Canadian Store's Creative Tactic to Make You Bring Your Own Tote Bag

If you don't bring your own reusable bags to the East West Market in Vancouver, you might find yourself being on the receiving end of an embarrassing situation. In order to inspire customers to bring their own bags, the management launched an initiative to use a peculiar line of single-use plastics.

The bags feature less than flattering business names, including "The Colon Care Co-Op," "Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium," and "Dr. Toew's Wart Ointment Wholesale." Each bag also features the tagline, "Avoid the shame. Bring a reusable bag."

However, despite the clever tactic, customers seemed to have been more inclined to buy the store's plastic bags with fake business names.

"Please may I buy all three? I promise I will reuse them to tatters," said one woman. "This just makes me want to use your plastic bags even more, sorry not sorry, this is awesome," said another.

Still though, local governments continue to urge businesses to come up with similar strategies that would help reduce the use of single-use plastics. Hopefully, more people would join in to help save our environment, no matter how small or big our actions may be.

(Image credit: East West Market/Facebook; via Laughing Squid)


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