Morrisons has announced that it will remove all plastic carrier bags from its stores over the next 12 months.
The popular plastic ‘bags for life’ will be transformed into a paper substitute.
The store has clarified its intentions and plans to become the first UK supermarket to fully ax plastic bags.
Morrisons CEO David Pots said: “We have been asking our customers hard for the past one year and we know they are interested in doing their best to keep plastics out of the environment.
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“The removal of all plastic bags from our supermarkets is a significant milestone in our sustainability program.”
The chain will remove a total of 100 million plastic bags and store less than 3,200 tons of plastic each year.
Replacement paper bags cost 30p each, they are recyclable, water resistant and tear resistant.
Morrisons believe the bags can hold up to 16kg, which is the weight of a plastic bag.
Other supermarkets try to be more eco-friendly.
Waitros is trying to bring their bags to life and has raised the price of bags to 20p in an attempt to push Sainsbury’s customers to alternative options.
The absolute ban targeted by Morrisons has provoked a mixed response online.
One Twitter user wrote: “Or there is still a cheek to charge so much for stupid, split bags from Morrisons!”
“Paper bags were supposed to be free, plastic bag usage charges were brought in, but now it’s basically a shopping tax!”
Another said: “Charging in a thin paper bag takes advantage of those who care about the environment.
“The whole point of the plastic bag charge is to put people off using it. I want to buy a bag for life, which really lasts more than a week!”
Not everyone is against change. Some shopkeepers had no problem moving to the paper and supported the decision of the supermarket.
One customer tweeted: “Morrisons says reusable paper bags cost 30p each and are recyclable, water and tear resistant.
“Bags can hold up to 16kg – or 13 bottles of wine, which is like a plastic bag.
“I see no problem. This is better than our oceans with more plastic-containing debris.”
Another shared: “Great effort – we still need it – glad you stopped using plastic bags altogether.”