PROXIM first drugstore chain to join the movement to reduce waste at source: Good for the environment and good for health

           PROXIM's green initiative, with proceeds to the Quebec
                            Environment Foundation

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    MONTREAL, June 29 /CNW Telbec/ - The group of pharmacist-owners
affiliated with PROXIM and PROXIMed announced today that beginning September
17, its pharmacies across Quebec will encourage their customers to opt for
reusable bags in order to reduce the use of plastic bags at source. The
nominal amount of five cents will be charged for every plastic bag given to a
customer. This money will be donated to the Quebec Environment Foundation.
"This initiative by PROXIM is a concrete gesture aimed at changing behaviours
in order to preserve our environment and our health in a spirit of sustainable
development," said Claude Hill, vice-president and director of the Quebec
Environment Foundation.
    Line Beauchamp, Quebec's Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment
and Parks applauded this initiative, which is in line with the voluntary code
of best practices for the use of shopping bags: "There's no doubt this is a
great way to reduce the use of plastic bags. We encourage leaders in all
sectors across the province to undertake similar projects to improve health
and the environment."
    The pharmacist-owners affiliated with PROXIM are joining leaders in the
grocery and hardware sectors that recently adopted this Québec province-wide
trend. "We're proud to be the first group of pharmacist-owners to adopt a
policy to reduce plastic bag use. It's a move that respects the environment
and is consistent with the philosophy we adopted several years ago in matters
of sustainable development and environmental protection," said Michel
Chartrand, president of PROXIM. "Let's hope the other chains adopt similar
practices," he added.
    Here are a few of PROXIM's green initiatives since 2006: The Go Green
With Us initiative (a seal created by PROXIM to help customers identify
products that are biodegradable, chlorine-free, in recyclable packaging, not
tested on animals, etc.), the recycling of medication program and the launch
of the Nu NATURE biodegradable bodycare line.

    PROXIM is a group of independent pharmacist-owners that focuses on
professional practice. PROXIM provides a range of flexible services suited to
the changing realities of the market, so that each member pharmacy can achieve
excellence in its community. PROXIM is a network of close to 270 independent
pharmacist-owners located in Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes.

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