Plastic bags have become a thing of the past at Morrisons branches across Leicestershire.
The company has decided that its test program using paper, hemp, cotton and other woven bags is successful and that plastic bags should be removed from sale across the country. Coventrylive Report.
The current stock of 50B plastic ‘life bags’ for sale in supermarkets in Leicester, Laoughborough, Melton, Coleville and Hinkley will be phased out over the next 12 months and 30p paper bags will be replaced.
Morrisons says paper bags are “reusable, recyclable, water-resistant, and can hold up to 16kg of groceries.”
If you are not fancy, alternatives are jute, cotton and reusable woven bags, priced from 75p to 50 2.50.
The change will take effect in every Morrison supermarket in the UK, starting in Scotland this month and following in England and Wales over the next year.
A total of nearly 100 million plastic bags will be removed – that’s 1.9 million per week.
Morrisons CEO David Pots said: “We have been asking our customers hard for the past year and we know they are interested in doing their best to keep plastics out of the environment.
“The removal of all plastic bags from our supermarkets is a significant milestone in our sustainability program.”
Single-use 5B carrier bags were removed from Morrisons in 2018, but some customers continue to buy strong and dense plastic ‘bags for life’. On December 20, Morrisons introduced a 50p price increase for plastic ‘Life for Life’.
Since 2017, Morrisons has removed 10,000 tons of plastic and made it recyclable. Morrisons is on track to reach its 50 percent plastic reduction goal by 2025.