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Uniqlo to phase in paper bags worldwide, cutting plastic

Clothing chain also prepares renewable packaging for Heattech and other lines

Customers walk out of a Uniqlo store in Tokyo's Ginza district with plastic bags.

TOKYO -- Casual clothing store chain Uniqlo and other brands under Fast Retailing will begin switching to paper bags for purchases worldwide in September, joining a procession of Japanese businesses abandoning plastic.

The changeover, announced Wednesday, will start in Japan and 11 other markets. Plastic bags will be replaced by ones made of recycled paper or new paper from sources certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

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