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Biodegradable retail bags still take a lot of energy to produce and distribute, and still take time to decompose, but they are certainly a step in the right direction. Until stores take notice though our best option as consumers is to reuse what plastic bags we already have, or use a string bag that takes up minimum room, and can be easily rolled up and kept in your pocket, or purse, for when that need to shop strikes canada goose outlet store uk.