I’m coming to you to ask for support of the High Town Bag project. Help us reduce the use of single-use plastic bags in High Town and promote High Town as a place to shop that cares about the environment.
Since the 5p fee for big retailers was introduced in 2015, an estimated 15 billion bags have been saved and bags are down from 140 to 25 per person per year. But: smaller shops, who are exempt from the current levy, still supply an estimated 3.6 billion single-use bags every year.
If everyone in High Town would stop using throw-away plastic bags, we could save more than 226,000 plastic bags per year (High Town has 9046 residents). At the moment, small shops including most shops on High Town Road are exempt, but the Government is consulting on extending it to almost all shops in early 2020.
How does the High Town Bag work?
High Town Bag offers you an easy way to sell reusable bags in your shop. You get 5 free bags to get you started. Then you buy them at cost (currently £2) and sell them for £2.50. We’ve had three print runs so far but we’ve now run out of bags. We’d like to print another lot, and we’d like to add the names of local businesses on the bag. Will you support us?
What’s in it for you?
What do we need from you?
Support of the people
High Town residents are supportive of reducing plastic bags. People know they should use their own bags, but they say they need a little help. We surveyed 126 people in High Town
You can read more about the research in the blog article about the High Town Bag survey results
We’d be keen on getting involved in other promotion and awareness ideas
Will you support us?