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5p bag charge boosts demand for Jutexpo

JutexpoA sharp drop in the use of carrier bags has provided a boost to reusable bag supplier Jutexpo which has relocated its Scottish office to cope with an increase in demand.

The firm has moved to UK Steel Enterprise’s managed workspace at Bellshill following the introduction of the 5p bag charge last October which saw 130 million fewer bags issued during the final months of the year and 147m fewer than in 2013.

Jutexpo designs, manufactures and prints jute bags for supermarkets and charities across the UK. It has sold more than 50 million from its new facility to clients such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Dobbie’s and the Woodland Trust as they look for alternatives. The firm says its bags have a three to four year lifespan.

Sam Turner, compliance director, said: “We have seen a significant uplift in demand due to the new bag charge as it offers Scottish companies a great opportunity to boost their green initiatives and reduce the CO2 plastic carrier production creates.”

UK Steel Enterprise, formerly British Steel (Industry) Ltd, was established in 1975 to help businesses and community groups by the British Steel Corporation and is now a subsidiary of Tata Steel.

Photo: (left to right) Euan Hunt, Jutexpo, Scott Webb, UKSE and Sam Turner, Jutexpo

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