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Biodegradable plastic bags should be exempt from charge, say two-thirds of public

Plastic bags littered
Plastic bags littered • Photograph: Zainub Razvi

With more than one trillion plastic bags distributed worldwide each year, the amount of waste created through everyday shopping is substantial, contributing to an ever-growing crisis of polluted water and non-biodegradable landfills. Estimates suggest there are nearly 50,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of the world’s oceans which take up to 500 years to degrade.

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