Since its introduction in 2015, its likely we have all found ourselves being asked at the checkout whether or not we would like a bag for an extra 5p. The effect of the new law has been to reduce usage of carrier bags by around 80%, this in turn has had the effect of reducing waste and saving energy. Retailers, like Roman Originals have been encouraged by government to pass on the proceeds of the charge to good causes.
One such store choosing to do so is Roman Originals. Since opening their first store opened in Ebbw Vale in 1995, Roman has developed a strong identity as a fashion forward and passionate clothing retailer. Now with over 150 stores across the UK, they have grown rapidly over the years and pride themselves for offering a convenient and easily accessible service – either in stores, online or by phone.
Roman chose to share the proceeds of the 5p levy between 2 charities and have in the first 6 months since the levy was applied have donated over £5000 to support our breast cancer research. A spokesperson at Roman Originals said “we are delighted to support Against Breast Cancer and all the good work they do through the sale of our plastic carrier bags.”
As a charity involved with a wide variety of recycling schemes, we completely understand and applaud Roman Originals motivation and desire to be forward thinking and socially responsible organisation.