Give an old bag a new life

AS a responsible community retailer, your Society is always looking at ways to protect our environment and reduce the amount of plastic in our stores.

That is why we decided to make some big changes in our stores to celebrate Plastic Free July. Our flagship Jersey store, Grand Marché St Helier, now has a plastic-bag reuse point situated by the tills.

This initiative was designed to help customers who have forgotten their shopping bags. We want to encourage you to pick up a preloved bag rather than spending money on a new one. In return, this will help us to reduce the number of new bags being used, giving life back to an old bag and helping our environment.

Our preloved bags are available to pick up from the new reusable bag bin at Grand Marché St Helier now. If you cannot find a bin then please ask a member of staff in the store where to find one.

But if you do take one of our used bags, please remember to reuse it as much as you can or return it as you found it. That way we can give it more life.

If you have any spare plastic bags you no longer need, pop into Grand Marché St Helier and drop them off at the customer service desk. We would love to take your unwanted bags to reuse and are accepting any type of plastic bag, regardless of the brand. Please just make sure it's in a good condition and is clean. We will not be able to take any bags that are torn or dirty.

Due to the current coronavirus pandemic in Jersey, all preloved bags that have been dropped off at the customer service desk will be kept off the shop floor for 72 hours to stop the risk of contamination. This measure follows Government of Jersey advice and makes sure the bags are safe when customers pick one out of the bin.

Whether you’ll be picking up an old bag and giving it a new life, or dropping off your spares, join us in helping reduce the impact on our environment.

For more information visit channelislands.coop/reusebags.

Bag for Life price increase

Your Society has increased the price of our Bag for Life from 10p to 15p in both Jersey and Guernsey. We have made this change in a bid to encourage our customers to use fewer bags and to remember to bring back their reusable shopping bags.

Next year, Jersey could become the first place in the British Isles to ban single-use carrier bags. A minimum price for ‘Bags for Life’ will be introduced to encourage Islanders to reuse their bags in supermarkets.

Your Society welcomes the ban on single-use plastic bags and is proud to be leading the way by increasing the price of our Bags for Life ahead of the change next year.

The money raised through the sale of our Bags for Life will be donated to projects in Jersey which are actively protecting our local environment.

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