Carrier bag campaign
News NavbarRemember to re use your carrier bags: that’s the simple message behind a new campaign from the Scottish Government and Scottish retailers.
Research shows 92 per nike store cent of people think reusing carrier bags is good for the environment but that 59 per cent forget their reusable bags and have to take new ones at the checkout.
Based on the premise that an elephant never forgets, the campaign will run on TV and radio as well as in supermarkets and shops across the country.
Twelve major retailers and almost 500 independent shops are on board, potentially reaching millions of consumers, making this the biggest high street campaign ever undertaken by the Scottish Government.
Launching the campaign at Scotmid’s store in Leith, Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said:
“Millions of shoppers taking a small step can lead to a big change. The beauty of this campaign is that everyone who shops literally all of Scotland can be engaged in sustainable behaviour.
“Discarded carrier bags are a blight on our landscape and when you consider that our natural environment is worth over 17 billion a year and supports around 240,000 jobs, it’s clear that action to reduce bag use is not only good for the planet but good for the economy too.
“There is clearly a collective desire on the part of the public and retailers to reduce carrier bag numbers. By taking the simple action of remembering to bring a carrier bag with you every single person in Scotland can play a role.
“Almost everyone in Scotland goes to the shops on a regular basis and th nike store is campaign will help people remember and, in turn, help retailers reach the target we have set them a 50 per cent reduction in bags dished out to customers.
“Reusing bag nike store s is one of the simplest steps people can take towards leading greener lifestyles. Everyone is able to play their part and I hope to see Scots up and down the country embracing this campaign.
“Taking a small step like reusing a carrier bag will encour nike store age people to make other changes to their behaviours and ensure that collectively we are making a big difference locally, nationally and globally.”
John Drummond, Chief Executive of the Scottish Grocer’s Federation, said:
“We are very pleased to be working with the Scottish Government on this initiative to reduce the number of carrier bags handed out to customers.
“It’s often very difficult for convenience stores because consumers regularly make unplanned visits and therefore don’t always have their re usable bags with them. However, retailers are making determined efforts to encourage customers to change their habits, to use durable bags for sustained use on an on going basis.”
Fiona Moriarty, Director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, said:
“Working with their customers, retailers have already delivered some spectacular reductions in the numbers of new bags handed out down by a quarter in just two years. They are now going further, faster with a commitment to a 50 per cent reduction by June this year.
“Ideas including taking bags off display and reducing the amount of new plastic in bags are part of that but so is encouraging customers to change their behaviour.
“That’s why stores are offering durable carrier bags for life, tips and incentives and working with the Government to get more customers re using bags.
“This campaign is a positive example of the Scottish Government and retail businesses working together to achieve the environmental gains we all want.”