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Bags are for life

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

Adnams Bag for Life £1From Monday 29th June 2015 we will be introducing a 5p charge on carrier bags issued at all Adnams stores, the proceeds from which will be donated to Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Before this date, we’ll be encouraging our customers to invest in an Adnams Bag for Life (£1), which is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and can be re-used and recycled. By introducing the charge we simply want to encourage everyone to consider whether having a brand new bag every time we buy something is a sustainable option. We know there will always be occasions when we forget to bring our own bag, but by donating the cost to charity we’re not only helping Suffolk Wildlife Trust (SWT), but are adding value to an item that was previously considered as being useful but rather valueless and disposable. As a company committed to looking after our natural environment in all our business and social operations, we aim to minimise waste wherever we can. Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have all introduced charges for carrier bags and have seen large reductions in the amount of carrier bag wastage. Later this year, the Government will introduce compulsory carrier bag charges for larger retailers in England. Image of carrier bag on beach by the Marine Conservation SocietyWe’ve been working with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) for over ten years now by undertaking regular beach cleans on Southwold Beach as well as supporting the charity with sales from our Fat Sprat beer. In 2013, the MCS reported finding 48 carrier bags for every 1km of beach surveyed over just one weekend. It is estimated that 19 million single-use carrier bags are given out daily in England.* Across the world, there are trillions of plastic bags in circulation. Those that are not reused or recycled will either end up in landfill, release pollutants by being incinerated, become entangled in vegetation or collect in our seas and oceans where they are a threat to wildlife and a contaminant. Adnams carrier bags are 100% biodegradable and, because they are designed to be strong in order to hold heavy wine and beer bottles, they can be reused many times. However, they will not last as long as our new Bag for Life - which if it does get tatty or torn over time we will replace free of charge. Adnams coastal cleans vestEmma Hibbert, Adnams Marketing Director comments: “Our Bag for Life is Adnams’ latest initiative in our continuing commitment to minimising our impact on the environment. We’ve slimmed the weight of our beer bottles by 38% since 2007 and our beer cans are made from 90% recycled aluminium - the highest percentage anywhere in the world. Already, less than 1% of our waste ends up in landfill, but there are always ways in which we can improve. We’re delighted to be able to offer support to Suffolk Wildlife Trust by charging for our carrier bags at the end of June. I am confident that all our customers will appreciate what we are trying to do and support us by either bringing their own bags to our stores, by purchasing our new Bag for Life or by supporting Suffolk Wildlife Trust each time they use one of our biodegradable carrier bags.” Suffolk Wildlife Trust logoMichael Strand, Development Manager, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, comments; “Suffolk Wildlife Trust is delighted that Adnams has chosen to support its work with donations from the sale of plastic bags. When we do forget our shopping bags, (and we’ve all done it!) it’s reassuring to know that Adnams' plastic bags are biodegradable, and won’t add to the landfill burden. Our coastline is a fascinating and precious place and it’s always sad to see a beach strewn with plastic litter. Suffolk’s vast stretches of shingle, synonymous with the county, and Adnams, can be surprisingly rich in wildlife – right now the shingle is alive with colour, look out for beautiful displays of sea holly and yellow horned poppies.”


If you’d like to find out more about carrier bags and how you can help reduce their impact, explore these websites: The Marine Conservation Society WRAP Break the Bag Habit Keep Britain Tidy   *Break the Bag Habit Campaign.      


Sarah Groves