The Midcounties Co-operative has reduced its carrier bag usage by 1.3 million this year, as part of its commitment to defend the environment across its stores.
Colleagues have been given tips to help cut back on the amount of carrier bags used, which include packing customers’ shopping for them efficiently so that they use less bags and reminding customers about reusable bags on sale.
A decrease of 3.5% in carrier bag usage has been achieved this year to date, which has already saved the Society £14,000. The high street store in Tettenhall has performed best overall with an impressive reduction of over 100 carrier bags per one million turnover.
The scheme forms part of The Midcounties Co-operative’s social responsibility commitment to enhance sustainability across its stores, which saw it pledge to increase recycling to 80% by the end of the 2014 financial year and reduce energy consumption by 5%.
Mike Pickering, sustainability manager at The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “Increasing recycling across our stores is one of our main commitments, and our colleagues have worked really hard to reach this fantastic achievement in such a short period of time. Our customers have been really supportive of the changes and their willingness to get on board is helping us to reach our goal to increase recycling by 80 per cent.”
Mike Jones, store manager at The Midcounties Co-operative in Tettenhall, said: “We have noticed a huge difference in the amount of carrier bags since we started educating our colleagues on how to reduce the amount we use, and it is saving us a lot of money that can be invested into supporting the local community. We are proud that we have been able to do our bit to help increase recycling and we plan to keep up the hard work to make even bigger changes in the future.”