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Over the last three years supermarkets have reduced the number of bags from 870 million to 452 million, just failing to meet a government target to cut the number by half.
The reduction drew words of praise from Environment Secretary Hilary Benn.
“This is a great achievement by the seven supermarkets and their customers and it shows that by working together, we really can change our bag habits,” said Benn.
The British Retail Consortium has backed the government’s softly, softly stance.