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Town bans plastic bags 'forever'
Modbury's Bag2Keep
The reusable bag is printed in the UK with organic ink
A Devon town that sparked off a national movement to ban plastic bags from its shops is making the initiative a permanent one.

All 43 shops in Modbury joined the town-wide ban on 1 May and after a six-month trial it is becoming a permanent plastic bag-free zone.

Instead shoppers are asked to buy 100% biodegradable alternatives made from corn starch, canvas, paper or cotton.

A number of towns around the country have followed suit.

The Modbury initiative was started after a local resident saw the damage plastic can cause marine life.

Rebecca Hosking, who works as a wildlife camerawoman, said she had been inundated with calls from around the world including Australia, Russia and America following Modbury's ban.

Modbury's bags are offered at cost price of 1.50 for a small bag and 3.95 for a large bag.

The reusable bags are imported from a small factory in Mumbai and printed in the UK using water-based organic ink.

The town also has "amnesty" points for people to recycle their old plastic bags.



SEE ALSO
Town to become 'plastic bag-free'
16 Oct 07 |  Hampshire
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17 Jul 07 |  Bradford

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