Bags kill sealife

PUBLISHED: 12:47 30 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:43 20 April 2010

LYME Regis moved a step closer to becoming a plastic-bag-free zone on Monday with a presentation to the town's traders. The Turn Lyme Green campaign hopes to make Lyme Regis the first town in England to be completely free of plastic bags by Easter and org

LYME Regis moved a step closer to becoming a plastic-bag-free zone on Monday with a presentation to the town's traders. The Turn Lyme Green campaign hopes to make Lyme Regis the first town in England to be completely free of plastic bags by Easter and organisers invited representatives from the Co-operative Group and Global Packaging UK to Woodmead Halls to discuss alternatives with town traders. Shopkeepers, hoteliers, owners of bed and breakfast establisments and other traders attended the meeting to hear about initiatives elsewhere around the country. A spokesperson for Turn Lyme Green said: "We use plastic bags for an average of 12 minutes but their lethal effects last between 15 and 1,000 years. "Every year British shoppers get through about 10 billion plastic bags and, every year, around 2 million dolphins, seals, seabirds, turtles and whales are killed by plastic bags in our seas.

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