Stores are replacing plastic bags with glass jars and seeing a massive drop in plastic use by doing so.
We're all busy currently doing our utmost to try and cut down on the amount of plastic we use as a society. At least we should be. The amount of plastic humans use, especially single-use plastics, is doing an incredible amount of damage to the planet. Our oceans are quickly becoming ridden with it to the point that it has even started to show up in its deepest darkest parts.
Truth be told, while we should all be doing everything we can to cut down on plastic use, what really needs to happen is for companies and corporations to take action. Home Hardware is attempting to do that in a pretty novel way, reports CBC. Instead of offering its customers plastic bags, it has made glass jars available for them to pack their nails and screws in to.
"We encourage everybody to bring them in, because everybody comes across glass jars in their day-to-day life," explained store manager Zak Thorup. Plus, for new customers unaware of the system in place, Home Hardware's staff are encouraged to bring in all the spare jars that they can. That way, they have them to offer to customers who come unequipped.
Home Hardware isn't the only store that has a jar-based packing system in place. Bulk Barn has been encouraging its customers to bring their own jars for a while. In fact, over the course of the past year, the store has seen a 50% increase in customers bringing jars for their items rather than using plastic bags. The jars are weighed before you start shopping so the weight isn't included in what you pay at the end.
People continue to come up with unique ways to try and cut down on the use of single-use plastics, and we are big fans of this one in particular. What's more, there are still areas where roadside glass recycling isn't an option, so jars are simpling lying around or, even worse, being thrown in with the regular garbage. Now there's a third option, using them to carry your shopping.