Morrisons today announced the return of its “popular” container service in an effort to reduce the size of single-use plastic packaging in stores. Supermarket company customers are asked to bring their reusable container to the store or buy items available at home aisles.
“This service was very popular when it was first introduced to our customers, and we are pleased to see it coming back with some great value deals on our new, British quality products.”
Elsewhere, Morrisons was the first supermarket to replace plastic carrier bags with paper bags.
Paper bag substitutes have been tested to hold up to 16kg, the retailer said they are reusable, recyclable, water resistant and tear resistant.
They cost 30p and are available in cotton and woven bags, ranging from 75p to 50 2.50.
The removal of plastic bags began last month in Scotland, which will be phased out this year across England and Wales.
Customers who order to shop online will also get their food outlet without plastic bags.
David Potts, CEO of Morrisons, 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.”
The supermarket is on track to reach its 50 percent plastic reduction target by 2025.
Sainsbury recently shared an update on what it does to help reduce its use of plastic in stores.
The retailer has teamed up with Ocean Plastics to block the use of highly recycled plastics in products.
It aims to convert plastic collected from the beach into packaging for its food.
The recycled packaging will be used by working with packaging supplier Sharpack on strawberries and fresh fish products.
When refurbished in stores, 34 percent of Sainsbury’s fish and 80 percent of Berry Garden strawberries will be made from recycled materials.
Supermarkets have ensured that they do everything they can to reduce plastics and keep colleagues and employees safe by introducing a variety of safety measures.