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News - 6 March 2008
Banksy's take on plastic bags painted on a north London wall

Brighton's "plastic bag free" week

Brighton & Hove City Council has declared this week to be ‘plastic bag free week’ in a bid to encourage residents to change their shopping habits and switch to using ‘bags for life.’

Shoppers and traders have been ditching plastic bags across Brighton & Hove this week in support of the city council’s Clean City, Clean Sea campaign.

The scheme has the support of dozens of city businesses including Open Spaces in Trafalgar Street in the North Laine. The store is giving away 100 of the popular “100% North Laine” reusable shopping bags which normally retail at £2.50.

It’s all part of the Clean City, Clean Sea, campaign which aims to eliminate plastic bags and excessive packaging across the city. As well as encouraging residents and visitors to switch to using ’bags for life’ the campaign also highlights the damage caused to marine wildlife when plastic bags end up in the sea.

Councillor Maria Caulfield, from the council’s Sustainability Commission said: “I am delighted that Open Spaces is supporting our plastic bag free week, and encouraging customers to ditch plastic bags in favour of a bag for life.

“Every bag for life can save up to 1,000 plastic bags during its life time, so if we all carried one, the number would run into millions.”

She added that the week got off to a great start with Marks & Spence announcing the decision to start charging for plastic bags in their food departments.

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