Bags of cash for good causes in the Isle of Man thanks to the Co-operative

14 January 2015

Co-operative Food stores on the Isle of Man are to stock a new range of longer-life reusable carrier bags, which as well as helping the environment will allow shoppers to raise bags of cash for good causes on the island.

An estimated 70% of coastal plastic waste is from carrier bags, and the move by the Co-op, which has 10 stores on the island, is designed to help reduce the number of plastic carrier bags in circulation.

From today (Wednesday, 14 January) all the profits from sales of the Co-op’s reusable bags will be reinvested in the Isle of Man, by being donated to good causes.

The move means that any money made by the Co-op on sales in the Isle of Man of its new woven reusable large shopping bag, a new woven reusable small shopping bag (which doubles as a bottle carrier) and new fold-away bags (all available for £1 each), as well as its redesigned 10p bag for life, will go to good causes.

The Co-operative Food has 10 stores on the Isle of Man, in Douglas, Ramsey, Castletown, Peel, Port Erin, Port St Mary, Onchan and Laxey, and expects the move will raise thousands of pounds that will go to projects in local communities.

Andrew Corrie, The Co-operative Food’s Operations Manager for the island, said:

“We have a strong commitment to the environment and we have an aspiration to reduce the numbers of plastic carrier bags that are in circulation.

“By buying any of our range of £1 bags, customers will not only be contributing to the environment, but they’ll have a stylish carrier which can be used time and time again, and they’ll be raising money that will go to good causes. Together we can reduce, reuse, recycle, and also reinvest, in the Isle of Man.”

The Co-operative Food will confirm which good causes can bid for the funding generated by bag sales, and how they can apply, during 2015.

The new fold-away bags are made from 100% recycled materials are available in black or turquoise. The large and small woven bags, made from 80% recycled materials, are turquoise and decorated a with a “carrier bags are rubbish” design. The small woven bag can double as a bottle carrier. The bags can be recycled at Salvation Army textile recycling banks on the Isle of Man.

Further information on The Co-operative Food’s range of carrier bags, and how to recycle them, can be found at


For further information please contact:

Steve Broughton
PR Manager
The Co-operative Group
0161 767 4298
07834 090 014