When so much seems to be going wrong with the environment, it's nice to see a company trying so hard to do right. Today I'm celebrating IGA's decision to invite customers to bring in and use their own reusable containers at certain grocery stores across Quebec.

And this isn't the first time IGA stepped up to the plate when it comes to reducing waste and trying to make their processes greener, either.

Just two months ago, IGA announced that they were going to be offering discounts on food that is regularly thrown away and contributes to the excessive food waste in our province and country as a whole.

The grocery chain, along with an app called FoodHero, now offers up to 60% off goods that are nearly expired, produce that gets no love because its ugly, products where the packaging was damaged but the product itself is fine and prepared meals that are day old. 

Now they're making another green move and inviting shoppers to bring their own reusable containers to use when purchasing prepared meals and other goods that are served in their grocery stores that aren't pre-packaged.

Earlier this month, IGA introduced their own reusable bag for produce to reduce the use of those little plastic bags available for bagging your fruits and veggies.

The tweet above reads:

You can now ban the single-use plastic bag when you buy fruits and vegetables in our grocery stores! We are launching our new reusable bag for bulk fruits and vegetables available in grocery stores and online!


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Now the grocery chain is inviting customers to bring in their own containers for foodstuff, as well. The stipulations are just that the container is clean, can be properly closed with a lid and doesn't have a barcode on it (so leave the old yogurt container at home and opt for the delivery food container instead).

The project started at 10 locations across Quebec, but will expand to the rest of their locations as of September 16th.

These are the locations that are participating as of today:

  • IGA extra Place Longueuil, 825, rue Saint-Laurent Ouest – Longueuil
  • IGA extra Saint-Romuald, 1060, boul. Guillaume-Couture – Lévis (secteur Saint-Romuald)
  • IGA extra Chapdelaine, 775, rue Galt Ouest – Sherbrooke
  • IGA Bouchard, 6185, chemin de Saint-Élie – Sherbrooke (secteur Saint-Élie d’Orford)
  • IGA extra Couture, 2240, rue King Est – Sherbrooke (secteur Fleurimont)
  • IGA Couture, 150, rue Angus Sud – East Angus
  • IGA Marché Forgues Bromptonville, 50, rue Bourgeoys – Sherbrooke (secteur Bromptonville)
  • IGA Marché S. Albert, 465, avenue Béthany – Lachute
  • IGA extra Chapdelaine, 3950, rue King Ouest – Sherbrooke
  • IGA Famille Verreault, 150, 6e rue – La Baie

Other locations will be inviting reusable containers in just a couple weeks.

In addition to reusable containers, IGA has also promised to remove plastic bags from their stores entirely, by September 3rd.

The grocery chain is opening up the conversation to shoppers and allowing them to fill out a survey about their thoughts and experience with the new pilot project.

To read more about the reusable container project at IGA or to fill out their survey, head to their webpage here.

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