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Starting March 15th All IKEA U.S. Stores will Charge Five Cents for Plastic Bags and Endorse Purchase of Reusable ‘Big Blue’ IKEA Bag.

After last years announcement that their UK stores would be charging for the big blue plastic bags, IKEA finally made it so in their US stores this month. Treehugger reports that IKEA US stores will follow suit and now charge for the big blue bags in an effort to get people to reuse their bags when they go shopping. Another bonus is that IKEA has offered to donate the proceeds from the bag campaign to American Forests, the nation’s oldest non-profit citizens conservation organization, to plant trees to restore forests and offset CO2 emissions.”

Ikea Big Blue BagTo help alter customer behavior and endorse environmentally responsible habits, IKEA will be selling its reusable ‘Big Blue Bag’ for 59 cents, reduced from 99 cents. “We realize that our ‘Bag the Plastic Bag Program’ is a small step. But we know our customers want to help and support the sustainability of our planet – for today – and for the future of our children. This program lets our customers know we have our stake in the ground and are committed to continuing to be an environmentally responsible company,” says Pernille Spiers-Lopez, president of IKEA North America. IKEA projects that the number of plastic bags used by their U.S. customers will be reduced by at least 50% from 70 million to 35 million in the first year. This program was launched in IKEA stores in the UK in late Spring 2006, and reduction has been an impressive 95 percent. Read more about IKEA’s environmental and social reports here, and don’t forget your own bag the next time you go.

IKEA US via CSRwire

[Source: http://www.treehugger.com/…/ikea_us_to_bag.php ]

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