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Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Others Pledge to Cut Plastic Bag Use

An agreement involving top British retailers such as Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsburys and Wal-Mart’s ASDA will encourage consumers to use fewer bags and re-use those that they already have, Reuters reports. Retailers will also switch over to recyclable bags where they can.

Details of the plan are still to be worked out, but the goal is to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 58,500 tons a year.

The announcement came as Mayor of London Ken Livingstone announced a plan to make the city the greenest in the world by cutting CO2 emissions by 60 percent by 2025.

Also, in Japan, the practice of charging for plastic bags is spreading.

Last month, Ikea made headlines when it announced that every plastic bag at every IKEA U.S. store across the nation will cost five cents.

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