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One million reusable bags to be given away for free

As the issue of banning plastic bags becomes a hot topic, a packaging company has come up with an innovative idea to give away one million re-usuable shopping bags to consumers free of charge. The MillionBags4Life concept has been developed by Skymark Packaging Solutions to help solve the waste caused by billions of plastic carrier bags used in the UK every year, costing retailers up to £80 million. One million shoppers will be given a re-usable shopping bag free of charge to raise awareness of plastic reduction and reduce the amount of plastic wasted each year. The bags could be given away in major supermarkets, local stores, schools and hospitals. Skymark sales development manager Dan Richards said: Momentum is building and we already have some sponsorship support for the bag but we are looking for more businesses to get on board and join this exciting new venture." About 10% of profit from the sponsorship costs will be donated to charities and the rest invested in green projects and the development of more environmentally friendly packaging concepts. Skymark hopes to improve and to reduce the negative effect that packaging has on the environment. The project will be reviewed after one million bags have been given away and may be repeated again over time. To fund the project, the company is looking for sponsors to pledge their support in an industry-wide bid to reduce the number of bags thrown away each year. In return, each sponsors logo will appear on one million bags which will be seen for years to come on all the high streets across the UK, coupled with the sponsors logo. Image: Artist impression of bag

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