Bags of Help

Buying a bag, pays for a local project

We encourage our customers to bring their own reusable bags to Tesco. In August 2017 we replaced single use carrier bags with new Bags for Life made from 94% recyclable plastic, to help reduce bag use. Customers can have their Bag for Life replaced for free if broken or damaged, in store.

Sometimes customers will need to buy a Bag for Life. We know it’s important to them that the money they pay for the bag goes to causes they care about. That’s why we've developed Bags of Help. The money they pay for the bag supports their local community.

Bags of Help scheme - Money for local communities

Our local community grant scheme, uses the money raised from carrier bag sales to fund local projects across the UK. Projects range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces, to new equipment, training coaches and volunteers, and hosting community events. Customers can vote for the project they want the money to go to. Every two months we hand out grants of up to £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 in 565 regions across the UK. This equals up to £3,955,000 for communities monthly.

We've awarded over £33 million in grants to over 6,400 community projects since launching in October 2015. Administering all these projects, in every community across the UK, does cost a little more than it would to just give the money to one beneficiary. However, it does ensure customers get the opportunity to decide where and how their money is spent. To make sure the money goes to causes that matter, we work with a charity called Groundwork.

How do we work with Groundwork?

Groundwork is a national charity helping people improve their local communities. They helped more than 7,000 groups across the UK carry out projects last year. That unlocked 235,000 days of volunteering, improved 1,000 open spaces and delivered 4,000 qualifications.

One of the key ways Groundwork supports communities is by distributing grants to local groups and charities. They also make sure groups can access support through their network of local enablers. These experienced community workers can help people with their applications and help deliver projects with the funds awarded.

Funding Groundwork projects 

Our priority is to ensure that customers’ money spent on carrier bags is given to projects that matter to them. Groundwork’s role in the Bags of Help programme is to help Tesco get the money to where it’s most needed. Groundwork help us ensure that local groups and charities are delivering projects that have a positive impact in communities. As a charity Groundwork is committed to performing this role in the most cost-effective way possible. To help us administer the scheme we pay Groundwork £2.75milion pa. More than 60% of these management funds are used to provide this front-line support to local groups.

Our local community grant scheme, uses the money raised from carrier bag sales to fund local projects across the UK. Projects range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces; to new equipment, training coaches or volunteers and hosting community events. Customers can vote for the project they want the money to go to. Every two months we hand out grants of up to £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 in 565 regions across the UK. This equals up to £3,955,000 for communities monthly.

We are proud to be working with Groundwork to help us administer the scheme. To find out how to get involved and how to apply for funding visit: tesco.com/bagsofhelp 

Single use carrier bag reporting 7th April 2016 – 6th April 2017

 

England

Scotland

Wales

Number of single use carrier bags issued

637,181,382

60,762,732

31,498,558

Total amount received by way of charges for single use carrier bags

£31,859,069

£3,038,137

£1,574,927

VAT

£5,309,845

£506,356

£262,488

Reasonable costs (prorated)

£3,401,741

£324,396

£168,162

Proceeds for Bags of Help

£23,147,484

£2,207,385

£1,144,278