Loblaw customers use five billion fewer plastic shopping bags

Reduction underscores company's aim of respecting the environment 
BRAMPTON, ON, April 9, 2013 /CNW/ - (TSX: L) - Loblaw Companies Limited 
(Loblaw) is proud to announce that with the support of their customers they 
have reduced the number of plastic shopping bags from their stores nationally 
by more than five billion since 2007. This reduction is a part of one of 
Loblaw's five principles of corporate social responsibility, Respect the 
Environment, and emphasizes its commitment to waste diversion through the 
reduction of plastic bags going to landfill. 
"We started with a target of one billion just over three years ago. To have 
hit five billion fewer plastic bags this quickly says we are on the right 
track," says Bob Chant, senior vice-president, Corporate Affairs and 
Communication, Loblaw Companies Limited. "As one of Canada's leading 
retailers, we believe it is important to help look after the health of our 
environment and lead by example." 
Since 2009 through to and including 2013, Loblaw has donated $5 million to 
WWF-Canada through partial proceeds from the sale of plastic shopping bags in 
their stores. These funds are invested in a variety of initiatives to help 
promote environmental sustainability and raise awareness. These funds help 
support programs that engage Canadians to positively affect the environment. 


    --  Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup™- WWF-Canada and
        Vancouver Aquarium have embarked on the largest shoreline
        cleanup project in Canada to engage thousands of Canadians
        annually to clean up their local shorelines through removal of
        shoreline litter. Loblaw has been a presenting sponsor since
        2011.
    --  National Sweater Day™ - Designed to demonstrate how
        simple changes in behaviour at work and at home can help our
        planet. In partnership with WWF-Canada, Loblaw corporate and
        participating franchise stores across Canada turned down their
        store thermostats by three degrees Celsius on February 7.
        Loblaw has been the presenting sponsor since 2010. In 2013,
        Loblaw had more than 700 stores, 31 store support centres and
        distribution centre offices and a total of 55,000 colleagues
        and employees that participated in National Sweater Day.
    --  Green CommUnity School Grants - Funded by Loblaw, the
        WWF-Canada Green CommUnity School Grants Program has awarded
        grants totalling $600,000 over three years to Canadian schools
        for environmental projects.

"WWF commends Loblaw for great leadership in helping Canadians make more 
eco-friendly choices in their shopping bags, home energy use and education," 
says Hadley Archer, vice-president, Strategic Partnerships, WWF-Canada. "We 
are excited to continue working with Loblaw to help Canadians live more 
sustainable lives."

In 2007, Loblaw became one of the first retailers to introduce bagless stores. 
These stores welcome customers to bring in any type of reusable shopping bag 
or box to pack their groceries. To date, Loblaw has seven stores across Canada 
where plastic shopping bags are not available.

Please visit www.loblaw-reports.ca to find out more information about Loblaw 
Corporate Social Responsibility. The 2012 Loblaw CSR Report will be available 
as of May 2(nd) 2013.

About Loblaw Companies Limited

Loblaw Companies Limited, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, is Canada's 
largest food retailer and a leading provider of drugstore, general merchandise 
and financial products and services. Loblaw is one of the largest private 
sector employers in Canada. With more than 1,000 corporate and franchised 
stores from coast to coast, Loblaw and its franchisees employ more than 
134,000 full-time and part-time employees. Through its portfolio of store 
formats, Loblaw is committed to providing Canadians with a wide, growing and 
successful range of products and services to meet the everyday household 
demands of Canadian consumers. Loblaw is known for the quality, innovation and 
value of its food offering. It offers Canada's strongest control (private) 
label program, including the unique President's Choice(®), no name(®) and 
Joe Fresh(®) brands. In addition, the Company makes available to consumers 
President's Choice Financial(® )services and offers the PC(®) points loyalty 
program.

Public Relations Department, Loblaw Companies Limited pr@loblaw.ca or (905) 
459-2500

SOURCE: Loblaw Companies Limited

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