Woolies’ ‘bag for good’ generates half a million dollars for Aussie schools
Despite a rocky start to Woolworths’ plastic bag ban, the sale of the retailer’s “bag for good” has generated more than half a million dollars which will benefit 538 Aussie schools.
On Wednesday the supermarket giant announced that the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program will see each school receive $1000 to work on environmental projects.
“We are so proud and excited to announce the first successful recipients for the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants Program. It was clear to us with the large number of applicants to the program that Australian youth are actively involved in creating sustainable projects and are natural champions at doing their bit to help create a greener future for our country,” Woolworths Supermarkets managing director Claire Peters said.
“These grants are made possible with the support of customers who have purchased the Woolworths ‘Bag for good’. We are investing half a million dollars directly in this first round from the sale of the bags, back in to our local communities to help inspire the next generation of environmental champions.”
The money will be given out to primary schools and early learning centres across Australia to support projects focusing on sustainable food production, improving waste management and enhancing native habitats.
The “bag for good” program was launched in June 2018, coinciding with the supermarket’s decision to eliminate single-use plastic shopping bags across all stores nationwide. The grocery giant said that it has since removed over two billion single-use plastic bags from circulation.
“This fantastic response shows the community’s passion for caring for the environment. Junior Landcare offers opportunities for sharing knowledge, developing skills and creating experiences that foster connections with the environment and community from childhood to adulthood. It is gratifying that these grants will enable thousands of children to be inspired to play an active role in ensuring the safe future of their environment,” Landcare Australia CEO, Dr Shane Norrish said.
Woolies has also rolled out an interactive map that shows all 538 Woolworths Junior Landcare projects, including brief descriptions and photos.