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Water Chestnuts - Issue 8

It's not hard but it can make a huge difference – use fewer plastic bags

In the UK we are being urged to send fewer plastic bags to landfill by making an effort to carry spare cloth or plastic bags before going shopping because a recent survey by the Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, has revealed that each of us uses an average of 13,000 carrier bags in our lifetime – far too many.

In response the government has launched a campaign - Get a Bag Habit – urging us to reuse our old carrier bags or carry eco-shoppers when we go out.

Perhaps we need to follow the example of Bangladesh which has banned the use of plastic bags since 2002.

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