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Commenting today on Tesco's initiative to reduce the use of plastic bags in its stores, Friends of the Earth's Supermarket Campaigner Sandra Bell said:

"This is typical of the greenwash that Tesco has been churning out over recent months. Even if it meets its target to reduce the number of bags being used, Tesco will still be handing out three billion plastic bags a year. And this is just a drop in the ocean compared to the mountains of packaging waste the chain creates. "What is more, Tesco boasts that it is making its bags degradable, but this is not really an environmentally friendly option. These bags will still be made from plastic and therefore place demands on oil resources. Until it sets ambitious targets for reducing the mountains of food packaging that it is responsible for it cannot claim to be making a serious commitment to tackling waste"
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