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Ikea launches the compostable carrier bag

Ikea has stepped up its action on carrier bags by introducing the UKs first compostable bag and phasing out its plastic bags altogether.

The new bag breaks down when heat, moisture and bacteria are present
Made from starch extracted from corn, the bags will naturally break down in a compost bin. Ikea will charge 10p for the bags, with the money donated to Community Forests.

In June Ikea started charging customers for carrier bags and by October 2 it will stop using plastic bags completely. After the bag charges were introduced the company said it saw huge overnight reductions in plastic bag consumption. It estimates it has reduced carrier bag consumption by 97% from last year, exceeding expectations.

Ikea UK environment manager Charlie Browne said: Our customers are overwhelmingly supportive mainly due to the fact that we make no profit from the project and they are being given a simple choice to help the environment. So the next logical step for us was to take traditional fossil fuel plastic out of the equation.

The move comes weeks after Tesco launched a multi-million pound advertising campaign for its green reward points scheme, which offers customers points for using their own bags.

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