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This Major Retailer Is Dropping Plastic Bags

By Marissa Higgins

Individual choices when it comes to reducing your eco-impact are always important. In an ideal world, we'd all remember to bring a reusable water bottle, shopping bags, and utensils with us whenever we're out and about. In reality, we often forget these things at home, or don't have enough of them. That's why it's so great when stores make eco-friendly choices to begin with.

For example, the Co-op, a British retailer, has just announced a major plan to reduce their plastic consumption. Their plan has set targets over a period of a few years. First, all of their own-brand dark and black plastic packaging will be gone by 2020. Then, all of their own packaging will become "easy to recycle" by 2023.

As reported at CNBC, these moves have an estimated impact of getting rid of 60 million plastic bags, and replacing those bags with a more eco-friendly alternative.