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IKEA's US Stores to Dispose of Disposable Bags This Year

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One of the first major stores in the US to initiate a surcharge per plastic bag, IKEA, has announced that they will stop providing customers with disposable bags entirely in October of this year.

The decision to ban the bag in the States comes on the heels of the same move the Swedish-based furniture and home design store implemented in their UK and Australia stores last year.

Since instituting the 5 cent per bag charge in March 2007, disposable bag use at US IKEA stores has decreased by 92 percent. That's a decrease unexpected by even the folks at IKEA, who according to their press release had initially "set a goal of reducing its US stores' plastic bag consumption by 50%; from 70 million to 35 million plastic bags in the first year." With more than mission accomplished, the next step is reusable-only bags. Customers shopping at IKEA stores, like those in Burbank, Carson, Covina, and Costa Mesa, must bring their own bag, purchase a reusable IKEA bag (pictured) for 59 cents, or go bagless.