Clearwell Mobility has become one of just a few retailers in the industry to implement a charge for plastic bags and introduced various new measures in a bid to make the business more eco-friendly.
The retailer, which has 12 stores in the South East, will charge 5p for every bag it hands out and hopes to use the proceeds to donate more than £1,000 to the Gardening for Disabled Trust.
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.
Continuing to reduce the amount of single-use plastic in its operations, the firm has also made a change to the plastic bags its brochures are mailed in.
Sending out nearly 4,000 brochures each year, they are now sent in oxo-biodegradable bags meaning that they degrade quicker and don’t release methane during the process.
In addition, the company has also made changes to its fleet of delivery vans to cut CO2 emissions.
The new Euro 6 compliant delivery vans run with Adblue, a solution that is used to treat exhaust gases and remove harmful nitrous oxides (NOx).
With the fleet of delivery vans covering an estimated 192,000 miles each year, these changes will make a significant difference to Clearwell Mobility’s aim to reduce its carbon emissions.
Duncan Gillett, managing director of Clearwell Mobility, said: “We’re pleased to be making these small changes across our stores and I’m delighted that in doing this we’ll be able to support the Gardening for Disabled Trust – a charity that does fantastic work in local communities.
“Over the next five years we hope to reduce our impact on the environment even further and will be rolling out more changes with the help of our store managers and head office.”
Felicity Seton, chairman at the Gardening for Disabled Trust, said: “It’s great to hear that Clearwell Mobility is making changes to improve its impact on the world we live in. “We are so grateful that all sales of plastic bags will be donated to the trust, which will help our 500 clients get gardening again.”