NAAFI have reviewed their plastic bag policy, in conjunction with HQ BFG and DIO, and will be introducing charges from 1st July 2018, as well as introducing more environmentally friendly options. This will contribute to the Government’s ‘A Green Future: Our 25-Year Plan to Improve the Environment’.

Brigadier Clements, Commander BFG, has praised this approach stating “Charging for plastic bags in the UK has proven that it makes a big difference in reducing the use of single-use plastic carrier bags and the litter associated with them. This change will be good for the environment, align NAAFI policy with both UK and German practice and will help generate funds which will benefit the BFG community”.

The charges will be:

  • Single use plastic bags – 0.05€. Made of HDPE white nature step, are biodegradable and eco-friendly.
  • Recyclable brown paper bags – 0.15€. Made of Kraft Virgin paper.
  • Re-usable polypropylene bags – 1.00€. Already on sale in stores.
  • Re-usable insulated bags – 1.50€. Already on sale in stores.

NAAFI’s Head of Operations, John Goddard said, “Whilst the plastic carrier bags that we give away are biodegradable, we recognise that now is the right time to look at how we can support the global focus on eradicating plastics. The first step will be to reduce usage by implementing a small charge, which is in line with the changes implemented in the UK. We are delighted to make these changes and pass on all the cash generated from the sale of plastic and brown paper bags to two charities, ultimately benefitting those in the BFG community who need support.”

HQ DIO’s Keith Fisher said, “In line with environmental policy and in keeping with the global focus on reducing the impact of plastics on the environment, NAAFI, in partnership with DIO and HQ BFG have agreed to stop giving away plastic carrier bags. This is fantastic news and DIO would like to thank NAAFI and also members of the community who have helped raise the profile of this issue.”

NAAFI will donate all income from the sale of both single use plastic carrier bags and brown paper bags to SSAFA and the Royal British Legion who will each receive 50% of the cash generated to use for the benefit of serving personnel, their families and the Veterans living in Germany.