Co-operative Food to give more than 5p carrier bag charge to Scottish good causes


Good causes will bag more than just the 5p carrier bag charge in Scotland, Co-operative Food has revealed.

It has pledged to reinvest profits from its entire carrier bag range in good causes and not just the 5p charge on single-use carrier bags.


Co-operative Food expects the move will raise as much as £750,000 in the next 12 month for community projects across Scotland.

As well as the statutory charge on single-use bags, profits from its new woven reusable large and small shopping bags, fold-away bags, bags for life and compostable bags will go to good causes.

The Co-operative Food in Scotland regional stores director John McNeill 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 company will reveal early in 2015 which good causes can bid for the funding and how they can apply.