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The Evening Standard reported that Londoners are being asked to back a ban on plastic shopping bags. A major debate between councillors and MPs is under way on how to reduce the estimated 1.6b bags used in the capital each year. Alternative plans for a city-wide levy of about £0.10 per bag are also being considered, with the cash used to fund improved recycling facilities.

The News of the World reports that staff at the first green Marks and Spencer store will wear fleeces made from recycled plastic bottles. The store in Bournemouth will also only use renewable energy, cutting carbon emissions by 92%.

The Guardian reported on the vision of high street retailers, who claim that a green revolution can be driven from the shop floor. However, the article looks at the inconsistencies in some of the more notable corporate policies, and even claims that whilst Marks & Spencer is leading the industry in selling fashionable fair trade cotton T-shirts, possibly fashion itself is the very antithesis of a sustainable approach.

Royal Mail has acquired 140 double deck trailers, estimating that they will lead to a 20% reduction in the carbon emissions and road miles covering this element of the UK-based group’s operation. The trailers can handle 50% more mail than Royal Mail’s normal single deckers and can each hold around 100,000 items of mail.

Environmentally-friendly funerals are becoming increasingly popular with more than a third of people saying they would like a green send-off, a survey showed. Around 34% of people said they would like an eco-funeral, more than double the 15% of people who said they would like to have a traditional service, according to Post Office Financial Services.

The Liberal Democrats stated that companies should face fines if they fail to meet new legal targets for cutting down on packaging. They will call for a new scheme to ask customers to pay a refundable deposit if they take a plastic carrier bag. The MPs will also call for a new national body to be established to help trading standards prosecute companies who flout guidelines on packaging.

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