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Retailers pledge to reduce plastic bag impact

Retailers in the UK have agreed to reduce by 25% the overall environmental impact of their carrier bags before the end of 2008. If achieved, the move which is a joint initiative involving representatives from all areas of the sector could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 58,500 tonnes per annum. This is the equivalent to taking 18,000 cars off the road for a year. Local environment minister Ben Bradshaw said: This is an ambitious but very practical agreement ...