Bagging rights for community causes

Coles’ community bags designed by Aussie kids have reached an exciting fundraising milestone with more than $5 million raised for community organisations.

Guide Dog puppies with the Coles community bags which have helped raise funds for their training.

The unique range of colourful, reusable bags were launched in 2018 when single-use plastic bags were removed from stores, with ten per cent of every bag sold directed to community causes.

Since its introduction into our stores, the community bags have helped raised valuable funds for Guide Dogs Australia, SecondBite, Clean Up Australia, Little Athletics Australia, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) schools and Collingwood Football Club Foundation’s Magpie Nest. 

Guide Dogs Australia CEO Group Dale Cleaver thanked the talented young artists and Coles customers for their support. 

“The community bags have allowed Guide Dogs Australia to breed, raise and train 23 Guide Dogs, which means that 23 Australians with low vision or blindness are now living with greater independence,” he said. 

Clean Up Australia CEO Terrie-Ann Johnson said the community bag donations have helped communities cleaning up after natural disasters as well as provided community and youth Clean Up volunteers with first aid kits. 

“Thanks to the shoppers who chose a reusable bag, more than 5,000 first aid kits are now annually distributed nationally – helping us all to stay safe,” she said.

Coles Group CEO Steven Cain thanked customers for supporting the community and helping to reduce single use plastic bags.

“We are delighted to have raised more than $5 million through the sale of our community bags to support six wonderful community organisations.  The community bags initiative has been a winning partnership for the environment, customers and community and it’s one way we are working better together to become Australia’s most sustainable supermarket,” he said.