The 5p carrier bag charge came into effect on 5 October 2015, and since then Squire’s has dedicated the proceeds from this charge to the charity Greenfingers.
Squire's deputy chairman Sarah Squire said: "When the government first introduced the carrier bag charge we chose the charity Greenfingers to benefit from this, as they create amazing gardens for children and their families to enjoy in hospices around the country, at a time when these families are facing huge challenges. We are delighted to support them by passing on the proceeds from this charge."
Greenfingers fundraising head Linda Petrons added: "We would like to thank Squire’s Garden Centres for choosing to support Greenfingers through the carrier bag charge. This wonderful donation will go towards our A Million Moments Appeal which aims to raise £1m to enable us to bring the gift of a garden to at least 5,000 more children and their families who spend time in hospices right across the UK."
In 2014, more than 7.6 billion single-use plastic bags were given to customers by supermarkets alone in England. That’s around 140 bags per person, the equivalent of about 61,000 tonnes in total. Since the charge was introduced last October, bag usage has declined by around 80 per cent, and numerous charities and good causes will benefit because of it (source Defra).