Good causes to bag a good deal at Co-Op

The Co-operative Food, which has a store in Brechin, has announced that more than just the 5p carrier bag charge will be going to charity.

The retailer has promised to reinvest all profits from their entire shopping bag range in to good causes.

The announcement comes as the 5p charge for single-use carrier bags nears its October 20 introduction.

Retailers have been able to sign up to donate the 5p from the carrie bag charge to charity, but the Co-Op has gone one step further and any money it makes on the sales of its new woven reusable large shopping bag, a new woven reusable small shopping bag (which doubles as a bottle bag) and new fold-away bags, as well as its redesigned bag for life, and its compostable carriers will all go towards charity.

The Co-Op expects the move could raise as much as £750,000 in the next 12 months, with all the money set to be reinvested in community projects across Scotland.

John McNeill, regional stores director for The Co-operative Food in Scotland, said: “We’re getting carried away with carrier bags, and it’ll mean bags more money for communities the length and breadth of Scotland.

“By going much further than we need to we’ll raise hundreds of thousands of pounds extra for good causes.

“It’s not just a commitment to local communities though, we also have a strong commitment to the environment and we share the aspiration of reducing the number of single use carrier bags that are distributed.

“By buying any of our range of carriers, customers will be contributing to the environment, as well as to good causes. Together we will reduce, reuse, recycle and reinvest in our communities.”

The Co-operative Food will confirm which good causes can bid for the funding, and how they can apply, early in 2015.