We believe that there are two aspects to being more sustainable - caring for your environment and supporting your local community.
By not giving away free carrier bags, we committed to channel everything we saved into a trust fund to support local charities and community projects. So while helping protect the environment by reducing the number of carrier bags that end up in landfill, we are at the same time supporting projects that are important to our community.
Since we started Pennies for Plastic, we have raised over £120,000, supported over 30 local community projects and charities and saved 12 million carried bags!
The range of projects supported has been huge. From helping a recorded newspaper for the blind go digital to supporting local schools to start their own food growing, help with sports teams, learning equipment and deaf children singing, the list is endless.
Our trustees will be meeting in February to look at grant applications for 2012, so if you are involved in a community project or charity based in Haringey or Camden and would like to apply for a Pennies for Plastic grant, please click here.
One more thing - we would really appreciate it if you would take 2 minutes to vote on a local charity that you would like to see funded by a new endeavour that we are supporting called Hope.
Hope is a product that sits on Budgen's shelves.
It isn’t a product you take home; it’s a way of raising money for charity.
If you want to donate to the charity, you pick up Hope and put it in your basket.
At the till it gets scanned like everything else and you pay for it along with the rest of your shopping.
Hope then goes back on shelf to be used in the same manner by the next customer.
The money goes straight to charity.
Click here to vote
Many thanks, Andrew Thornton and all at Thornton's Budgens.