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Plastic? No thanks

When I told my children we were going to stop buying plastic packaging until further notice, they didn't bat an eyelid.

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One billion fewer plastic bags given away by shops

Friday, 29 February 2008

Shops gave away one billion fewer plastic bags last year as they responded to a government call to improve their record on the environmental damage they cause.

M&S to charge for plastic bags

Thursday, 28 February 2008

Retailer Marks and Spencer is to charge food customers 5p for every plastic carrier bag they use, the store chain said today.

Supermarket waste hits new high

Sunday, 10 February 2008

The Government must get tougher with supermarkets if it is to tackle Britain's growing mountain of food waste, a report on Labour's sustainable food policies will warn this week.

Festive packaging will create 3m tonnes of waste

Monday, 24 December 2007

Three million tonnes of rubbish will be thrown away by families during Christmas, with as much as three-quarters of children's presents amounting to nothing more than plastic and cardboard packaging.

Brown pledges to banish the plastic bag from Britain

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Gordon Brown announced he was backing the campaign to eliminate wasteful plastic bags in a wide-ranging speech setting ambitious climate-change targets for Britain.

Shoppers back charges for plastic bags

Saturday, 17 November 2007

Shoppers have decisively backed the idea of scrapping free plastic bags in shops to reduce the 13 billion that are handed out every year in Britain.

Janet Street-Porter: Nothing to lose but your plastic bags

Thursday, 15 November 2007

The 20th century will be remembered by social historians as the era when shopping became a hobby in its own right, just like sport did the century before. It started with logos. Rappers iconised them and kids fought over which ones you wore. Every brand – from the high street upwards – emblazons a logo over their products, as if it's the only way we can have an identity.

Have Your Say: A ban on plastic bags?

Thursday, 15 November 2007

I am a campaigner for Plastic Bag-Free Godalming. Can you clear up the definitions of degradable and biodegradable? My understanding is that degradable is not compostable – ie, those bags break down into tiny pieces of plastic that will remain in the environment whereas biodegradable (as in BioBags) can compost and break down completely with no harmful effects to the environment.

London joins national campaign to banish the curse of the plastic bag

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

British shops hand out a staggering 13 billion every year. But after a decision by 33 London councils yesterday, plastic bags could be soon be consigned to history, unmourned by anyone who cares about cleaning up the environment.

Leading Article: A simple and proven solution

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Could there be a more potent symbol of our throwaway society than a plastic bag, snagged and flapping on a suburban hedge? Even if a plastic bag is disposed of properly, it is likely to end up in a landfill site, where it will decompose for centuries, emitting harmful carbon dioxide.

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