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USA Today reports that Target plans to offer its shoppers a five cent discount for every usable shopping bag they bring into its stores. The move comes just days after CVS said that it will give customers in its Extra Care program a $1 coupon for every four times they use a reusable shopping bag.

According to the story, “the two programs could keep billions of plastic bags out of the environment and nudge other big retailers to take similar steps, says Allen Herskowitz, senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council.”
KC's View:
Nudge, nudge. this is the best way to get ahead of legislation and regulation. It is true that this will force other retailers to make the same sort of move.

And expect Walmart to take up the cause at some point in the near future. it just seems likely, especially since the company has been so progressive in environmental areas.