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Morrisons Becomes First UK Supermarket To Stop Selling Plastic Carrier Bags In Shops

Joanna Freedman

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Morrisons Becomes First UK Supermarket To Stop Selling Plastic Carrier Bags In Shops

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Morrisons has today announced it will become the first UK supermarket to completely get rid of plastic carrier bags, taking a further step to encourage shoppers to bring their own reusable bags instead.

The grocer has said that customers will be offered reusable paper bags instead of plastic ones, if they don't have their own.

The supermarket trialled using plastic bags in eight of its stores across the country recently, and now is making it permanent.

And its predicted to save 3,200 tonnes of plastic every year. Incredible!

Paper bags will be on offer as well (Credit: PA)
Paper bags will be on offer as well (Credit: PA)

The move comes three years after single-use plastic bags were removed from its 497 UK shops.

The removal of the plastic 'bags for life' from Morrisons stores will be phased, and will begin in Scotland this month.

It will then be rolled out in England and Wales over the course of the next year, Morrisons has said.

The supermarket added that the policy will see the removal almost 100 million plastic bags in total.

Paper bags will cost 30p and be available alongside other reusable options including string, jute, cotton and reusable woven bags, priced between 75p and £2.50.

Alternatively, customers will be able to bring their own carrier bags.

The move is being implemented to help reduce plastic waste (Credit: PA)
The move is being implemented to help reduce plastic waste (Credit: PA)

Plus, customers who do their orders online, via morrisons.com will also receive their delivery without any plastic bags at all, should it have been packed in a Morrisons store.

Single use 5p shopping bags were removed from Morrisons in 2018, but the stronger and thicker bags for life were still on sale, and will remain so until this initiative is rolled out in your local.

The supermarket increased the of price of the bags to 50p back in December 2020, but the removal of the bags is a step further.

Morrisons removed single use bags back in 2017, and thanks to this new move, are set to meet their 50 per cent plastic reduction target by 2025.

Shoppers will no longer be able to buy bags for life in store either (Credit: PA)
Shoppers will no longer be able to buy bags for life in store either (Credit: PA)

David Potts, chief executive of Morrisons, said of the plans: "We have been listening hard to our customers over the past year and we know that they are passionate about doing their bit to keep plastics out of the environment.

"Removing all of the plastic bags from our supermarkets is a significant milestone in our sustainability programme."

What a great initiative. Here's hoping other supermarkets follow suit.

Topics: UK News, Life News, Life, Morrisons

Joanna Freedman
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