Traders hesitant to make the shift to green

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Traders of Quebec, who launched a going green lamented the fact that the majority is reluctant to initiate such proceedings, so that the Trudeau government plans to ban the use plastic unique by 2021.

If the groupings of restaurants and bars believe that it would be very expensive to employ eco-friendly practices consistent, several companies have proven that it was quite otherwise.

The sandwicherie fastoche! uses two electric bikes for the delivery of his dishes. On the photo, the owner Jean-Etienne Billette in the company of the bike courier Olivier Tremblay Paradise.

Since its opening on Cartier street in Quebec city in 2008, easy! has evolved enormously. From a sandwich shop ” ordinary “, the trade has turned into an example of environmental responsibility.

Delivering his dishes with the help of two bikes and electric cars, the company offers a service of lunch boxes zero waste. All containers, utensils and towels are reused, and leftover food is composted.

An initiative also adopted by the caterer, The green Mango & cie, which now offers cocktails, brunches zero plastic, so that the crockery has been replaced by media edible. The company will also introduce shortly boxed meals 100 % biodegradable.


“The costs have been tremendous. But you eventually reach a point where the spending [to turn green] became profitable. For example, we no longer have to spend $ 2000 per month for packaging “, explains the owner of easy!, Jean-Etienne Billette.

However, according to him, if a majority of the restaurants are still reluctant to take the leap, it is precisely because of the expense it would involve.

“I am convinced that there is an ecological trend in Quebec, but in the field of restoration, I feel very little. What we see from our competitors, is that they are not rendered here. ”

The president of the Corporation of the owners of bars, brasseries and taverns in Quebec, Renaud Poulin, made the same observation.

“Is there an eco-trend ? Yes. Is it that it is spread to the size of the shops ? Not really. There may be 4 % or 5 % maximum [of our 1,200 stores in the province] and who have made some effort on this side. “

He believes, however, that it is “feasible” to meet the standards that the Trudeau government wants to establish in the abolition of single-use plastics by 2021.

For its part, the Association des restaurateurs du Québec (ARQ) is concerned that the extent requested by the canadian government happens too drastically.

“We evaluated the costs for packaging as compostable, for example. It is estimated that for a purchase of $ 15, a customer will have to pay 3.9% more. However, a recent study tells us that consumers would be willing to pay only 2.5 % more, ” says Martin Vézina, communications officer of the ARQ.

The example of Chic alors!

However, the pizza restaurant Chic alors!, located in Cap-Red and recognized in 2018 as the restaurant, the more green in Canada, proving that it is possible to have a conscience eco-friendly without pass the bill on to customers. With a geothermal heating system, windows, heaters, a fleet of electric vehicles for delivery, lighting LED, as well as a vegetable garden and a beehive on the roof, the owner Hugues of the Philippines has put the package during the construction of the building in 2010.

“This kind of building has cost a lot more expensive to build than a restaurant, “ordinary”, but I have amortized these costs over seven years. Clients have absolutely nothing absorbed “, he says pointing to have significantly reduced the operating costs of the building.

Policies that are more green

  • Following the publication of a government report concluding, the Trudeau government has reiterated its desire formulated in June of last year to ban single-use plastic as soon as 2021.
  • By 2022, the government Legault plans to extend the deposit to all containers of liquid ready-to-drink. It targets a recycling rate for containers covered to 90 % by 2030 (currently, less than 40 %).
  • Grocery stores IGA will remove plastic bags, which were donated to the fund in all of their facilities in Quebec and New Brunswick starting on 19 march.
  • Montréal intends to ban all plastic bags in the shops of its territory by the end of the year. It has already abolished the plastic bags lightweight since 2018.
  • The City of Quebec wants to achieve a rate of recovery of materials generated on its territory to 82 % by 2028.
  • All pharmacies Familiprix in the province have stopped selling cases of 12, 24 and 36 bottles of water.
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