Bags of Opportunity
Making your bag charge proceeds work for Scotland’s environment.
We have received bag charge donations from major international retailers, from small independent boutiques, and local fish & chip shops. These retailers have confidence in our work and see the value of a partnership with us.
With the money that has been donated since October 2014 we’ve been able to turn the proceeds into opportunities to support communities become cleaner, greener and more sustainable.
Across the country we have been able to help others to improve the quality of Scotland’s environment. Donations have directly funded our community projects work, Bee Diverse, It’s Your Neighbourhood, Young Reporters Scotland, and some of our professional learning courses for teachers and educators.
Here’s why some very different retailers chose to donate their bag charge proceeds to support our work:
Since 2014 H&M has supported us to empower communities and individuals to take environmental action across Scotland by donating its customers 5p single use carrier bag charges. The partnership has enabled us to support communities and celebrate their success through our Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood campaigns. Both campaigns not only drive environmental improvements but they also strengthen community cohesion and provide opportunities for individuals, young and old, to work together.
Over the period of 2014 to 2017, on average each year, the funding from H&M enabled us to:
- Work and engage with 200 individual groups, of which 44% were in areas ranked as the most deprived by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.
- Train and empower 50 volunteer judges and assessors.
- Celebrate success with 470 community group representatives at award events.
- Present Certificates of Distinction to 23 It’s Your Neighbourhood groups. This award recognises groups which have consistently grown and improved over a period of years.
- Inspire and support over 200 volunteer community stalwarts at local networking and advice sessions.
National pharmacy chain, Well, donated in excess of £4,000 to us from the proceeds of its carrier bag sales throughout Scotland in 2017.
Well’s donation will help to change behaviour and improve the quality of people’s lives and places throughout Scotland.
David Hamilton, Commercial Director at Well, said: “It’s an honour to partner with Keep Scotland Beautiful and donate this significant sum of money, which will be used to campaign, protect and restore the Scottish countryside.
“Reducing environmental impact has always been high on our agenda and so we’re delighted that the profits from carrier bag sales are able to go towards such a good cause.”
Following a donation made in 2015/16 by Mint Velvet, a second donation of £325.16 was made in 2016/17. The proceeds of customers 5p single use carrier bag charge were used to support our charitable activities which aim to make Scotland cleaner, greener and more sustainable.
Helen Jones, Mint Velvet said “It’s one of our top priorities to run our business with sensitivity to the world around us, so we’ve partnered with Keep Scotland Beautiful and will be donating the 5p Scottish bag levy from our Scottish stores.”
A poster thanking Mint Velvet customers for their support was displayed in store.
Hard Rock Cafe
In 2014 Hard Rock Café, which has restaurants in Glasgow and Edinburgh, formally endorsed our Clean Up Scotland campaign. Support of the campaign was cemented by an announcement that the proceeds of Hard Rock Café customers 5p single use carrier bag charges would be donated to us.
The donation was used to purchase reusable #2MinuteCleanUp bags and distribute to individuals to do their bit to make Scotland cleaner, two minutes at a time.
In April 2015, employees from the Glasgow restaurant took to the streets around the SSE Hydro before a Take That concert to take practical action. Armed with litter pickers and #2MinuteCleanUp bags the team of 20 filled bags of litter and raised awareness amongst concert goers about the impact of littering.
Gillian Soutar, Sales Co-ordinator at Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow and Head of Ambassador programme said: "We wholeheartedly support Keep Beautiful Scotland and are keen to help raise awareness of the Clean Up Scotland campaign. Our volunteers were out in force at The Hydro on the 28th ready to help with the big Clean Up! Hard Rock has a long standing relationship with Save the Planet; and the #2MinuteCleanUp is another wonderful initiative from Keep Beautiful Scotland that we are proud to be a part of."
Since we introduced the #2MinuteCleanUp initiative, almost 2,500 bags have been distributed across Scotland, making it easy for people to take action to make our country cleaner and greener.
In 2014 the owner of a small ladies clothing boutique in Glasgow chose to donate the proceeds of her customers 5p single use carrier bag charges to us. We provided a poster to display in store thanking customers for their support.
A donation of £100 has been received to date, and the money has been invested in supporting our charitable activities, in particular our environmental education and climate change work.
Rachel Black, owner of Jasmine Boutique said, “I felt Keep Scotland Beautiful was a relevant charity for meeting the aims of what the Scottish Government is trying to achieve. Improving the environment and people’s appreciation of their environment.”
As the key beneficiary of the funds generated by the carrier bag charge throughout 2014 to 2015 we partnered with Tesco to help to make a real difference to the environment and communities of Scotland.
In turn we were able to support Tesco and their Scale for Good objectives by investing the money raised in a broad range of environmental projects. This partnership enabled us to support over 500 communities and groups from across all of Scotland’s local authority areas.
We have given out thousands of pounds in grant aid to support community groups; we have brought a national focus to the importance of community engagement on environmental matters; and we have inspired 100,000+ volunteer hours of active participation across the diverse range projects and initiatives that we promoted, which included: the Tasty Spaces programme, encouraging community groups and organisations to grow sustainable food in unused, innovative and unconventional spaces; our Bee Diverse education programme encouraging the planting of pollinators to encourage biodiversity; and, the Young Reporters Scotland (YRS) campaign which is part of an international initiative which aims to empower and encourage young people to report on environmental concerns.
Charity Trustee from Haddington Garden Trust said “As a charity we are entirely reliant on grants and donations for the continued management and development of the garden for the community. The trust is very grateful to Tesco for its support”
While one of our young reporters said “ YRS helped me to achieve my passion of being able to report on the beauty of our local environment and the threat from human activity ”.
The environmental legacy of our work is continuing and forms an important part of our current, and future, community project engagement work.