This is one way to stop people asking for single use plastic bags.
A supermarket in Canada has taken the novel approach of ‘shaming’ any customers who don’t bring their own bags shopping.
East West Market in Vancouver is the business in question and it’s fair to say they like to do things a little differently.
The independent business is giving out plastic bags featuring a range of embarrassing brand logos in large fonts.
Featuring made up brands such as Wart Ointment Wholesale, The Colon Care Co-Op and Into The Weird Adult Video Emporium.
A message underneath each of the logos adds: “Avoid the shame. Bring a reusable bag.”
Speaking to Fox 13 News, a spokesperson for the supermarket explained how they hoped this small act would make a big difference.
They said: “We hope that by creating discussions, we can minimize the usage of plastics in general.
“This is a small step, but we hope it eventually can have a great impact. And we all do it with fun.”
However some people are arguing that the novelty bags are having the opposite affect and people are actually buying them intentionally.
While others were unimpressed by the idea ‘shaming’ colon care.
One person commented: “Shaming people by displaying the name of a made up colon clinic? Very uncool. People with actual colon disease already have a stigma to overcome.”
Another person replied: “I own a retail hardware store. Instead of ‘shaming’ my customers, I just switched to paper. No big deal.”
Someone else said: “This just makes me want to use your bags more, sorry not sorry, this is awesome.”
A fourth posted: “Any store near me dopey enough to try this – it’d work – I just wouldn’t go there anymore. I’d go some place that makes me feel welcomed and NOT JUDGED.”
But a different user argued in favour of the store’s actions, writing: “If you’re doing things that are bad for the environment out of sheer laziness, why shouldn’t you be judged?”