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This is not a Plastic Bag

11:50 UK time, Thursday, 28 February 2008

bag_pa203.jpgBag for life, hessian sack, wicker basket, panniers, backpack, tartan emblazoned "shopper"… how do you haul your shopping home if you don't use a plastic bag?

With Marks and Spencer's announcement that it is to start charging customers for plastic bags, pressure is growing on both supermarkets and individuals to find alternative ways of carting home the weekly shop.

Environmental campaigners want a fixed tax on plastic bags, but many shoppers will not take easily to being charged for something they have come to expect to be free. Some 13 billion bags are given free to UK shoppers every year, and they take an estimated 1,000 years to decay.

Yet many consumers already boycott free plastic bags and are finding alternative ways to get their groceries home. If you're one of them, what's your alternative? And how easy is it compared to the ubiquitous free plastic bag?

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