Morrisons has become the first UK grocer to remove plastic bags from its stores.
The Big 4 grocer announced it will remove all plastic ‘bags for life’ from every store nationwide, following a successful trial, resulting in 3200 tonnes of plastic being saved per year.
The move follows Morrison’s initiative to remove all its single-use plastic from its stores in 2017.
Customers will now be able to purchase reusable, recyclable, water-resistant, tear-resistant paper bags which can hold up to 16kg.
According to the retailer, its paper bags have a lower carbon footprint than its plastic equivalent.
The new paper bags will cost 30p and will be available alongside Morrison’s range of new reusable alternatives, which includes string, jute, cotton and reusable woven bags, priced between 75p and £2.50.
“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,” Morrisons chief executive David Potts said.
“Removing all of the plastic bags from our supermarkets is a significant milestone in our sustainability programme.”
Customers who order their shopping online via Morrisons.com will also receive their delivery without plastic bags in cases where the order is packed in a Morrisons store.