The 5p charge for a carrier bag might not seem like a lot, but evidently it adds up.
Waitrose has announced that it'll be donating £1,000,000 of funding from carrier bag charges to environmental and anti-plastic projects across the country.
The funding hasn't been allocated yet, so if you know of a charity, social enterprise or academic institution with a brilliant idea, you can apply for some of the money here. Grants range from £150k to £300k, so there'll be somewhere between 3 and 7 of them in total.
The project, called Plan Plastic: The Million Pound Challenge, is a collaboration with environmental charity Hubbub and will look for projects with strong ideas for how to reuse and dispose of plastic. Applications will be judged by a panel, with the winners announced in May.
Tor Harris, Head of CSR, Health & Agriculture for Waitrose & Partners, comments:
"We hope the fund will help find new and effective ways of accelerating action to rethink how we all use and dispose of plastic now and in the future. We take this issue very seriously, and are making progress all the time, but we’re determined to maintain our momentum as well as supporting others to do the same."
Apparently, customer queries about plastic skyrocketed by 800% after the broadcast of Blue Planet II. Waitrose will be phasing out its single-use plastic bags entirely by March this year. [Evening Standard]