Supermarket retailer Morrisons is removing all plastic versions of its "bags for life" from stores nationwide, in favour of paper and other reusable options, in a move that will save 3,200 tonnes of plastic each year.
The retailer claims that removing every plastic bag from stores nationwide will save 3,200 tonnes of plastic each year
Morrisons is phasing out plastic bags for life, starting in Scotland this month. Removals across England and Wales will commence over the next 12 months. The retailer claims that almost 100 million plastic bags will be removed as a result.
Shoppers will instead be able to purchase water and tear-resistant paper bags that can hold up to 16kg, costing 30p. Other reusable options include string, jute, cotton and reusable woven bags, priced between 75p and £2.50.
Morrisons’ chief executive David Potts said: “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.”
The retailer claims that removing every plastic bag from stores nationwide will save 3,200 tonnes of plastic each year. A life cycle assessment carried out by The University of Sheffield found that the paper bag replacements that a lower carbon footprint than the plastics versions.