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In 2015, Portugal will implement a green tax reform that will dramatically raise the costs of plastic bags.

Portuguese consumers will have to change their daily habits, especially when buying in the supermarket chains. The local government is introducing new laws concerning the use of plastic bags.

For each bag, consumers will be forced to pay a special tax of 0.08 euros. All revenue raised will support nature conservation projects.

Portugal joins a small group of countries that is increasingly approving laws against plastic bags. The Western European country aims to reduce the use of these enemies of nature to 50 units per citizen in 2015 and 35 units in 2016.

As an alternative, consumers are invited to use cotton bags or reusable bags, instead of the classic single-use disposable plastic bags available in all supermarkets.

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