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Eco-Bag It: Wal-Mart Aims to Cut Plastic Bag Use by a Third

Wal-Mart is extending its waste-reducing initiative to cash registers, with a goal of eliminating one in three plastic bags in the next five years. That should cut 135 million pounds of plastic waste and associated petroleum use in their manufacture. The Environmental Defense Fund will consult with the retail giant to design the program and measure and assess its success.

The goal is to make reusable tote bags the norm. The trick is to carry a few in the car and remember to use them, rather than let unused totes pile up at home in the closet.

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