ONE OF Scarborough's biggest stores is doing its "bit" in encouraging shoppers to use eco-friendly bags.
Proudfoot's Eco Store is distributing more than 1,000 reusable bags across Seamer, Irton and Ayton.
The non-woven reusable shopping bag which retails at 69p in store will be dropping on 1,200 doormats across the three villages.
Buyer Valerie Aston said: "It is hoped this initiative will encourage shoppers to keep these bags in their hand bags or car glove boxs to encourage the elimination of the requirement for single trip, give-away carrier bags.
"The non-woven bag will be initially available at Proudfoots Seamer Eco Store in Main Street, but will be available across The Proudfoot Group estate early in 2008."
The Evening News recently reported shoppers were facing a crackdown on the use of free plastic bags from supermarkets and shops. Councils across the UK are demanding changes in the law to allow a ban on the distribution of plastic carrier bags.
Scarborough Council has made no moves to ban the bags so far, but Green Party councillor Jonathan Dixon said he would welcome the council being able to have the power to do so.
The council's head of street scene, Bernard Goulding, agreed a reduced usage in plastic bags would cut the amount going into landfill.