MORRISONS abandons plastic bags for life because buyers use them once and then put them in the bags.
It will begin a trial on Monday offering only sturdy paper bags in eight stores.
If rolled out to all 494 stores, that would mean the end of 90 million plastic bags per year, or the equivalent of 3,510 tonnes.
Managing Director David Potts said, “We believe customers are ready to stop using plastic bags because they want to reduce the amount of plastic and keep it out of the environment.
“We know a lot of them bring reusable bags back to the store, and if they forget, we have paper bags that are strong, practical and a reusable alternative.”
Around 7.6 billion plastic bags per year were distributed by UK supermarkets before the introduction of the 5 pence tax in 2015.
Morrisons says his paper bag with handles, which costs 20 pence, can carry up to 16 kg.
It will take a number of items similar to the plastic version, but it is easily recyclable.
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Morrisons charged 30p for a lifetime plastic bag, with the money raised going to charity.
He charges 5 pence for single-use bags used in deliveries to online customers
Sainsbury’s claimed to be the first UK supermarket to remove plastic bags for fruit, vegetables and bulk baked goods.
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