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WI to go "on the march again"

It will only take one supermarket to make a stand on reducing packaging and plastic bag use, and the rest will follow quickly.

This is the view of National Federation of Womens Institute (WI) public affairs committee chair Ruth Bond, whos organisation is set to go on the march again in its battle to halt climate change and create a better environment.

Addressing the South West Recycling Forum, she said: The WI has been commended by Parliament for raising issues surrounding packaging and our work is ongoing with regular meetings. And there are some positive developments with Marks and Spencer pledging to go carbon neutral by 2012.

But as market leaders, their [the big supermarket chains] job is to make a better environment for future generations. And I think if one can make a stance to do away with plastic bags, the rest will follow.

In June last year, the WI rallied its members throughout the country for a packaging ban day, with thousands of people buying a weeks worth of shopping and either taking the packaging back to the shop or leaving it at the checkout. A similar drive is now planned for 2007.

This year we have continued our food packaging campaign and in June we are revisiting our packaging day of action. We have got things up our sleeve, so watch this space as the WI is going on the march again, added Bond.

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