Morrisons is to give customers the option of using large paper carrier bags in eight of its stores from this week. The trial is a response to customers who have told Morrisons reducing plastic is their number one environmental concern.
The new US-style paper grocery bags have handles and are a similar capacity to standard plastic carrier bags. They are 100% PEFC accredited meaning they are sourced from forests that are managed responsibly. Priced at 20p each the paper grocery bags, which can be reused and ultimately recycled, are labelled ‘Reusable Paper Bag’.
As part of the trial, Morrisons is also increasing the price of standard plastic carrier bags from 10p to 15p to further reduce plastic use.
This follows Morrisons’ removal of the 5p carrier bags early in 2018 which led to 25% reduction in overall bag sales. This 15p standard plastic carrier bag is produced in the UK and is made from recycled material reclaimed from Morrisons stores.
Andy Atkinson, Group Customer and Marketing Director, at Morrisons said, “When we listen to customers they want us to help them reduce the amount of plastic they have in their lives. These new paper bags do exactly the same job as standard plastic carrier bags. They are tough, reusable and can help keep a large amount of plastic out of the environment.”