11,800 reusable bags giveaway

This summer, we asked our members and customers to help look after the local environment and reduce plastic.

When the 5p carrier bag charge was introduced in October 2015, we saw the number of single use carrier bags issued drop significantly in our outlets. 

Though the figure is still much lower than it was, we’re seeing the number sold creeping up again – just have a look at the graph below:

Carrier Bag Graph

To try and raise awareness of the issue, we gave out more than 11,800 foldable reusable bags at events and shows during the year. We've also given a bag to each of our 2,800 colleagues.

In return, we asked people to take a pledge to use fewer plastic bags in the future.

Plastic Bag Pledge 11852

We're subsidising the sale of the reusable bags in our food stores to make it even easier for people to remember their bags. We're running a buy one, get one free offer - one for your car, one for your bag!

All proceeds from the sale of single use carrier bags go towards our Community Champions scheme, which raises money for local good causes.

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