Provide brown paper bags for fruit and vegetables in all shops instead of plastic bags.

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The use of plastic bags has been charged for within supermarkets since 2011 in Wales and has now been extended to other parts of the UK.  Use of these bags has seen a reduction by over 70% in Wales with over 90% of retailers saying it has had little or no impact on their business.  However shops are still providing plastic bags for customers to use for certain goods which are unwrapped at point of sale.  While it may be necessary for 'wet' goods such as meat and fish, brown paper bags could be used for unwrapped 'dry' goods such as vegetables and fruit, thus reducing further the use of plastic bags.  Plastic bags which are said to be biodegradable often do not degrade as they are buried in landfill.  Brown paper bags are both cheap, keep veg and fruit dry and thus less liable to rot, and can be easily disposed of without increasing the 'plastic tide' damaging the environment.



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