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Debenhams to test charging for carrier bags

Debenhams is to trial charging its customers 5p for each carrier bag - the first fashion retailer to levy a charge on shopping bags.

Debenhams is understood to be testing the scheme to gauge customer reaction and is also considering introducing reusable cotton bags.

Some 12 billion to 13 bn carrier bags are handed out by retailers every year.

Readers' comments (2)

  • I would be more impressed by these companies such as Debenhams and M&S charging customers for bags if they specified a) what they were going to do with the income and b) what they were going to do with the savings of not buying plastic bags for there customers.

    Do they give this double windfall to support green causes or does it go straight into the bottom line?

    Perhaps I'm just and old sceptic who's been in retail management too long but I don'tsee these savings coming back to the consumer - do you?

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  • I think M&S has said that the proceeds from charging for its carrier bags will go to environmental charities hasn't it? Don't know about Debenhams though.

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