Manx National Heritage (MNH) has launched a new carrier bag to raise money to help maintain and preserve the island’s environment and wildlife.
The new biodegradable carrier bag, which costs 5p, will raise money for the organisation’s biodiversity fund, which was created to manage, protect and conserve the Isle of Man’s natural habitat and marine and island species.
Set up in 2013, the fund also aims to support other biodiversity initiatives in the island through partnerships, giving advice, joint projects and sharing of expertise.
The 100 percent biodegradable carrier bags will leave a relatively small amount of harmless residue when it degrades in the future and have been introduced at MNH sites following the increased awareness of issues around single use bags.
The director of Manx National Heritage, Edmund Southworth, said:‘Providing customers with a low cost convenient way to carry their purchases is a requirement of any professional retail organisation.
‘Although the Isle of Man’s legislation does not currently make charging compulsory, MNH believes it is important that customers attach a value to the bag that they are given with their purchase.
‘By charging customers we want to encourage repeat usage of bags and reduce the number of bags handed out at our sites. The bags that we have sourced are 100 percent degradable to leave no lasting impact on the environment.’
The organisation’s biodiversity programme includes tracking and monitoring the population of domestic and migratory birds through the Bird Observatory on the Calf of Man, and working with volunteer groups at Manx National Heritage sites in key habitats across the island.
Projects this year have included a continuing programme of monitoring for the presence of brown rats on the Calf of Man to protect nesting Manx Shearwater birds and other breeding seabirds.
The fund aims to provide significant long-lasting benefits to the island’s habitats and wildlife.
MNH is responsible for protecting and promoting the Isle of Man’s heritage and culture and manage around 3,000 acres of coastline and landscape in the island.
To find out more visit www.manxnationalheritage.im