Morrisons will test paper containers for groceries

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The beginning of the end of “bags for life”? Morrisons supermarket to test paper bags to rid stores of ALL plastic versions

  • Morrisons supermarket to test paper bags to remove plastic bags
  • Morrisons was the first UK supermarket to introduce paper bags last year
  • Removing Lifetime Bags From All Stores Would Take $ 90 Million From The System

Supermarket Giant Morrisons is one step closer to removing all plastic bags from its stores.

The retailer is running a trial with paper bags that will eventually see plastic “lifelong bags” removed from cases, following its ban on single-use 5p bags.

The move will initially apply to eight stores and, if successful, it will be adopted by hundreds more across the country.

Morrisons was the first UK supermarket to introduce paper bags at the checkout of all of its 494 stores early last year.

This comes in response to concerns that many shoppers have switched from cheap 5p bags to lifelong bags, but only use them once and throw them away.

Lifetime removal of standard plastic bags at all Morrisons stores would remove 90 million, saving 3,510 tonnes of plastic per year.

Morrisons was the first UK supermarket to introduce paper bags at the checkout of all of its 494 stores early last year.

Managing Director David Potts said yesterday: “We believe customers are ready to stop using plastic bags because they want to reduce the amount of plastic they have in their life and protect it from the environment. “

The store’s paper bag costs 30 pence, the same as a lifetime plastic bag. It has handles and can carry up to 35 lbs. They are made at an eco-powered site in Wales.

Morrisons will continue to offer reusable jute, cotton and woven bag options, priced at £ 2.50, £ 1.50 and 60p respectively.

The retailer is testing paper bags that will eventually see the lifetime plastic bags removed from the cases, following its ban on single-use 5p bags. [File photo]

The retailer is testing paper bags that will eventually see the plastic “life bags” removed from the cases, following its ban on single-use 5p bags. [File photo]

Could this be the end of bags for life?

In 2019, a report from the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Greenpeace found that a typical “lifelong bag” had to be used at least four times if it was a thin poly bag and at least four times. minus 11 times if it was a thicker polypropylene. bag is equivalent to that of a conventional single-use carrier.

But the researchers found that people didn’t do this and a “Bag for life” became a “bag for a week”.

Following the report, the researchers called for tThe standard price of a lifetime bag should be increased from 10p to 70p as this would encourage longer use of the bags.

In 2011, a study by the Northern Ireland Assembly found that it takes more energy to make a paper bag than a plastic bag.

The study also found that paper bags had to be reused at least three times to be better than plastic bags.

Another study found that lifetime bags consumed more plastic resources than single-use bags.

Meanwhile, a cotton bag would have to be put into action 131 times to be more environmentally friendly than its plastic counterpart.

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