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Cutting back on carrier bags

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn has welcomed news that carrier bag usage has decreased, which is excellent news for environmental protection. New figures supplied by WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) show that the UK’s leading high street and grocery retailers have exceeded a voluntary target to reduce the environmental impact of carrier bags by 25% cent by the end of 2008.


 


Meg said:


 


“I pleased by the considerable effort by retailers to reduce the environmental impact of carrier bags. More retailers are promoting reusable bags, and like the Co-operative, are using bio-degradable plastic bags.


 


This change reflects the active engagement of consumers, who put pressure on retailers to make it happen. It just goes to show how we as consumers have considerable influence over retailers making a difference to our world. I encourage everyone to keep up the pressure.”


 


The target to reduce the environmental impact of carrier bags was part of an agreement between the Government and industry in February 2007.


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