M&S signals eco trend

PUBLISHED: 14:18 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:44 20 April 2010

AFTER handing out almost one million free 'bags for life' to customers across the South West, Marks and Spencer, which has an outlet in Honiton, is now charging 5p for carrier bags. Customers at the Lace Walk store will have to pay for bags from now on -

AFTER handing out almost one million free 'bags for life' to customers across the South West, Marks and Spencer, which has an outlet in Honiton, is now charging 5p for carrier bags. Customers at the Lace Walk store will have to pay for bags from now on - as part of an M&S campaign to reduce the use of carrier bags by a third. At the same time, the quality chainstore is to trial a new, standard bag made from 100 per cent post-consumer waste - a first for Britain. All profits raised from sales of the bag will be donated to Groundwork UK, a charity that supports environmental regeneration projects in disadvantaged areas across the South West. M&S says it has received "great feedback", which general manager Sarah Miller says is a "really encouraging sign that we are ready to break the carrier bag habit". Ms Miller added: "We hope that M&S shoppers will bring their 'bag for life' with them each time they visit us, so that we can work together to cut down on the number of carrier bags that we are using." Illustrator David Downton designed the store's 'bag for life'. Bags can be replaced for free or purchased for just 10p. Made from 100 per cent recycled plastic, they form part of an innovative scheme by M&S to cut the use of standard plastic bags. M&S is determined that none of its bags will be sent to landfill rubbish sites by 2012. It has committed £200m to an eco plan, launched last year.

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