Bags of Help

Lady placing token in Bags of Help kiosk

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.

The money raised from carrier bag sales is used to fund local projects across Britain. Projects range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces, to new equipment, training coaches and volunteers, and hosting community events. Each time a customer shops they will be offered a blue token at the checkout and be able to 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 566 regions across Britain. This equals up to £3,955,000 for communities monthly.

Through their work in the community, our Community Champions are able to raise awareness of this initiative and encourage local charities and organisations to apply and offer support.

We've awarded over £60 million in grants to over 18,000 community projects since launching in October 2015. 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 Britain 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.

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.

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: Groundwork Tesco Bags of Help.

Single use carrier bag reporting for England 7th April 2017 – 6th April 2018 as reported to Defra

Single use carrier bag reporting for England 7th April 2017
*April 2018
Number of single carrier bags 332 million
Sales inc vat £16,637,072.55
Sales ex Vat £13,864,227.13
Reclaimable Costs £-
Total Donations £13,864,227.13 

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The Plan sets out how Tesco will make a difference to the social and environmental challenges that matter most to our customers, colleagues and communities.


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