Superdry announces commitment to Scottish carrier bag charge


Fashion retailer has signed up to Zero Waste Scotland’s Carrier Bag Commitment two weeks before the carrier bag charge is introduced in Scotland.

From 20 October, retailers in Scotland will need to charge a minimum of 5p for every single use carrier bag.

After shortlisting a number of good causes to receive the proceeds of the charge, Superdry staff voted for charity Trees for Life to get the cash from the charge.

Zero Waste Scotland director Iain Gulland said: “I’m delighted to see Superdry signing up to the Carrier Bag Commitment, and urge other retailers in Scotland to follow suit – it’s quick, easy, transparent, and provides great publicity for your business and the good causes you choose to support.

“With two weeks to go, we’re reminding retailers and shoppers to be prepared for the launch of Scotland’s carrier bag charge. Zero Waste Scotland back the carrier bag charge as a means to reduce the number of single use bags in circulation which often end up as litter, blighting our communities.”

Superdry environmental project manager Paul Thomas added: “Whether it is introducing efficient LED lighting to our stores or buying renewable energy, at Superdry we are always looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact. We therefore welcome the carrier bag charge in Scotland as an opportunity to both reduce a highly visible source of litter and also raise money for a very worthwhile environmental cause. We would certainly encourage other retailers to sign up to Zero Waste Scotland’s Carrier Bag Commitment.

“We believe that it’s important that charities and other good causes benefit from the charge, and signing up to the Commitment allows us to promote this, as well as keeping the reporting process simple. By asking our employees to choose how the proceeds will be used, we can ensure that the whole organisation is behind it.”