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UK-based supermarket chain Morrisons to stop selling plastic carrier bags

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UK-based supermarket chain Morrisons to stop selling plastic carrier bags

April 09, 2021 - 08:47
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    BRADFORD, UK, April 9, 2021 (Press Release) -
  • Announcement follows a trial in 8 stores -
  • Move will save 3,200 tonnes of plastic per year -
  • Morrisons paper bags have a lower carbon footprint than the plastic alternative –

Morrisons announces today that it will remove all plastic ‘bags for life’ from every store nationwide, saving 3,200 tonnes of plastic per year, following the removal of single use plastic bags in 2017.

Customers will instead be able to purchase its paper bags which are reusable, recyclable, water resistant, tear resistant and can hold up to 16kg. A life cycle assessment1carried out by The University of Sheffield has also shown that Morrisons paper bags have a lower carbon footprint than our plastic equivalent.

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.

The removal of the plastic ‘bags for life’ will be phased and will begin in Scotland this month, followed by England and Wales over the course of the next year. Almost 100 million plastic bags will be removed in total, that’s 1.9 million a week.

Morrisons is the first UK supermarket to move away from plastic bags completely following a successful trial of paper bags in selected stores in 2020, which proved popular with customers.2

David Potts, Chief Executive of Morrisons 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.”

Customers who order their shopping online via morrisons.com will also receive their delivery without plastic bags in cases where the order is packed in a Morrisons store.

Single use 5p carrier bags were removed from Morrisons in 2018 but some customers continue to buy plastic ‘bags for life’, which are stronger and thicker. An increase of price to 50p was introduced to Morrisons plastic ‘bags for life’ in December 2020.

Since 2017 Morrisons has removed and made recyclable over 10,000 tonnes of plastic. Morrisons is on track to hit its 50% plastic reduction target by 2025.

About Morrisons

Headquartered in Bradford since 1899, Morrisons is a British food retailer with around 120,000 colleagues in 497 stores serving millions of customers every week.

We are British farming’s biggest supermarket customer and all Morrisons-branded fresh meat and everything on our butchers’ counters is 100% British.

Foodmakers and shopkeepers at heart, we have over 9,000 trained butchers, bakers, fishmongers, cheesemongers and other skilled in-store specialists making more and more food in our stores.

Morrisons has its own sites making meat, fruit & veg, fish, bakery and fresh food products – 20 in all – and is unique in preparing and making more than half of the fresh food sold in our stores. Food manufactured in our sites and stores is showcased with ‘Morrisons Makes It’ branding.

Morrisons is becoming even more competitive by cutting prices on groceries and continuing to offer great value on good quality products. We tailor the offer of each one of our stores to local tastes and demographics.

We also offer popular services including cafés, pharmacies, dry cleaners and over 300 petrol stations with further services being added all the time.

References

1The report by The University of Sheffield is called "Comparison of Morrisons' Reusable Paper Bags and Plastic Bags for Life"

2Trial went live in eight Morrisons stores (Skipton, Starbeck, Boroughbridge, York, Bristol Fishponds, New Erskine, Abergavenny and St Ives) in August 2020.