On January 1, 2018 the city of Montreal by-law prohibiting the distribution of certain types of plastic shopping bags came into effect and merchants were granted a grace period for compliance until June 5th, 2018.
Though the shopping bags we use at Espace Tricot are thicker than those banned, we feel that it is important for us to support our city and join the global movement taking action to protect the environment.
Many countries, regions, and cities around the world are looking at ways to reduce waste and diminish the use of plastics, from plastic straws, to merchandise packaging, to one-time use cutlery.
Here at Espace Tricot, we work closely with beautiful fibres that come from plants and animals that require a healthy water and food supply in order to produce the quality raw materials that we so covet.
From sheep, to flax plants, to silk worms, all live off the land, and a clean environment is essential to their nourishment and sustenance. Many of our local hand dyers are finding new ways to spin, dye, and treat their yarn in order to be more in harmony with nature, and we are adding our little part.
Some may ask to substitute our plastic bags with paper or low-cost reusable ones, however, our objective is not simply to reduce the use of plastic but to reduce waste as well.
It is the rare client who shops at Espace Tricot without their knitting bag or a reusable shopping bag and we feel that using these for purchases is a simple gesture that will quickly become habit.
We currently carry the amazing LOQI bags that are compact, sturdy, machine washable, have a large capacity, and are pretty to boot! We and our staff have at least one in our purse at all times and we can honestly say that these fit seamlessly into our shopping routine and make us feel good about reducing waste. We also find it much easier to carry our purchases in a shoulder style bag. As a more economical option we also carry Espace Tricot cotton muslin totes that are compact and yarn friendly.
Once our current stock of plastic shopping bags has been used up, we will no longer be offering single use bags. This will hopefully give our local customers a few weeks to acclimatize.
We thank you for your continued support and understanding! As a crafting community we are confident that our little part will have an impact on the global effort to make our earth a healthier place for current and future generations.
– The Espace Tricot Team