Clearwell Mobility’s efforts to reduce its environmental impact have got off to a strong start after it revealed a huge reduction in the number of plastic bags it gave out last month compared to a year ago.
The South Coast retailer introduced a 5p charge on all plastic carrier bags sold across its 12 stores on 1 June, with proceeds going to charity.
It saw an 83% decrease in the number of plastic bags it used in July compared with the same month last year.
In a social media post, the company said that it was a “big decision” but felt that it was “important to reduce [its] plastic bag usage and to focus on making Clearwell more environmentally friendly”.
It added: “[It] is a significant reduction and we are very proud of the difference our stores our making to the environment, and a big thank you to our loyal customers for remembering to bring reusable bags!”
By law, supermarkets and large stores have to charge for plastic bags but the mobility retail sector has been slower to introduce charges then most other industries.
Last year Clearwell used 22,000 plastic bags and hopes that by charging for its bags it will encourage shoppers to bring their own reusable bags and, in turn, reduce plastic pollution.
The company has made a number of other changes, including introduce biodegradable bags for its product brochures and investing in more efficient vans.