Since March 2007, Ikea USA has been charging a nickel for a plastic bag at check out. The money raised will be donated to forest restoration.The program was launched in the UK in June 2006 with an impressive 95 % reduction in plastic bag consumption. Ikea also cut the cost of its reusable shopping totes from 99 cents to 59 cents. They only offer bio-degradable plastic carrier bags. The corporation thinks these changes will reduce the number of plastic bags used by US consumers by 35 million in 2007.