Saturday, April 19, 2008

Macy's goes green with recycled shopping bags

Department store operator Macy's Inc. plans to start using shopping bags made in part with recycled paper at its Macy's stores and biodegradable packaging for its online shipments.

The new shopping bags will be made from paper with 30 percent recycled material and will be 100 percent recyclable. Its previous bags were laminated and were not recyclable. In total, Macy's uses more than 43 million handled shopping bags each year.

Cincinnati-based Macy's also will sell reusable cotton tote bags for $3.95, with $1 going to the National Park Foundation. On April 26, the first 100 to 150 customers at every Macy's store will receive a free reusable tote bag.

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