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Too Many Reusable Bags?

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One person reusing cloth bags instead of getting plastic ones can save 25,000 plastic bags in his lifetime. But if you're like us — and lots of other people who've bought into the "I'm not a plastic bag" trend — you probably have a mountain of reusable eco-sacks skulking around in a corner of your kitchen floor. And while 45% of shoppers have purchased reusable bags, only 12% actually reuse them. Across the pond, London's trying to go plastic-bag-free by 2012, in time for the Olympics. [The Guardian]