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    Footprint Trust Press Release - Date: 18/01/08

    Trust Backs Bag Ban


    The Footprint Trust is backing the campaign in Ventnor (IOW UK) to reduce the use of disposable carrier bags.
    Whilst the Trust accepts that their impact on the environment is slight compared to Climate Change, they feel that it is small steps that often lead to greater initiatives. It also points out the harm done to wildlife by plastic bags finding their way into ponds, rivers and the sea.

    'People talk far too much about recycling but not enough about reducing waste in the first place..'
    Said Ray Harrington-Vail of the Footprint Trust.

    "The Footprint Trust fully supports the concept of reducing the vast amount of disposable carrier bags and over-packaging in general."

    "There is no such thing as a free bag. The customer pays for the bag and all packaging - all costs in business are charged to the customer. A wasteful business has higher overheads.."

    "We feel that as part of the Eco Island vision the Isle of Wight should seek to reduce the use of disposable carrier bags. We welcome the concept of Bags-for-Life promoted by many major retailers.

    "We would urge the public to purchase re-usable shopping bags and for shops to follow Ventnor's lead and to start phasing out disposable carrier bags."

    "Chale Green Stores in Chale and Farmhouse Fayre in Newport have produced excellent re-usable strong shopping bags. Other shops could also market their own bags."


    ENDS

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    http://ventnorblog.com/plastic-carrier-bag-free-ventnorisle-of-wight/

    http://www.mcsuk.org/downloads/policy/coastal_polln/MCS_Long_Term_Impacts_of_Plastic_Bags_In_the_Marine_Environment_(Aug_2004).doc

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