LeedsThe retail giant, Morrisons has taken a mammoth step in the fight against single-use plastic this week as it confirmed it will be removing all plastic bags from its stores.
The supermarket chain will instead offer customers paper bags for 30p instead of wasteful plastic bags. This new change will be coming into effect in all Morrisons supermarkets over the next year.
Taking to their social channels they announced the huge move would save around 3,200 tonnes of plastic per year. They’ve announced instead that you can opt for reusable paper bags that will hold up to 16kg of shopping as well as being recyclable and water-resistant.
If you’re not a fan of the new 30p paper bags you can choose one of the alternatives which include jute, cotton and reusable woven bags that are around 75p to £2.50.
The paper bags will cost 30p but if you’re not a fan of the paper option, alternatives include jute, cotton and reusable woven bags, priced between 75p and £2.50.
Morrisons is the first UK supermarket to make the move to no plastic bags in stores after a successful trial in selected stores in 2020.
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.”
Asda recently trialled going package free in one of their Leeds store in Middleton, which was the first of its kind. It partnered with some huge brands such as PG Tips, Vimto, Kellogg’s, Radox and Persil to give access to the products that customers love- without the packaging.
The project was one of many in Leeds City Council aims to cut the city’s carbon footprint in half in the next five years.