Pharmasave helps customers go "Green" with new biodegradable bags



    New bags are 100 per cent biodegradable and fully recyclable

    
    -   Pharmasave is the first Canadian pharmacy chain to introduce
        biodegradable bags
    -   Over 400 Pharmasave stores in nine provinces will replace all plastic
        bags at the checkout counters with biodegradable bags
    -   Pharmasave's new Biodegradable Bag program will prevent approximately
        20 million plastic bags from potentially hitting the landfills each
        year
    

    VANCOUVER, July 21 /CNW/ - Pharmasave is the first national pharmacy
chain in Canada to introduce 100 per cent biodegradable bags. Starting the
week of July 21, 2008, over 400 Pharmasave stores in nine provinces will begin
replacing all plastic bags at the checkout counters with biodegradable bags.
    "Pharmasave is committed to being an environmentally responsible company
and we are demonstrating this commitment by making all of our bags
biodegradable and recyclable," said Sue Paish, CEO of Pharmasave. "We
recognize that consumer awareness is growing and more people are looking for
green options. These new bags are a sign of more initiatives to come from
Pharmasave to help our customers reduce their ecological footprint, and to
make it easy and convenient for them to take part."
    Pharmasave's new Biodegradable Bag program will prevent approximately
20 million plastic bags from potentially hitting the landfills each year.
Costing an estimated five per cent more to produce than regular shopping bags,
the move to replace the old bags with the new environmentally friendly bags is
an investment to sustain the environment. Customers can also participate in
the company's existing Reusable Bag program by purchasing a bag made from
100 per cent recycled post-consumer waste.
    "We are proud and excited to give our customers the opportunity to make
an environmentally sound step each and every time they shop at one of our
Pharmasave locations," added Paish.
    In addition to being biodegradable in landfills they also biodegrade in
home composts. Depending on conditions, the Pharmasave bags typically take
between nine months to five years to disintegrate compared to regular plastic
bags that can take hundreds of years or more to decompose in a landfill.
    A unique feature of the new Pharmasave bags is that they are also
recyclable - not typical of most biodegradable bags. While the bags are better
for the environment, Pharmasave still encourages its customers to reuse them
as much as possible to decrease the amount of energy that is used to produce
all bags.

    About Pharmasave

    With more than 400 stores in nine provinces, Pharmasave is one of
Canada's leading independent pharmacy and drugstore retailers. Since being
founded in 1981, Pharmasave has focused on building a national platform of
community based retail outlets designed to provide customers with exceptional
service, products and advice.
    Each Pharmasave store operates to serve its individual community, which
ensures both programs and services tailored to the needs of local customers
and a commitment to helping all customers Live Well With Pharmasave.

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