Morrisons to remove all plastic bags

Morrisons bags for life plastic David Potts
Almost 100 million plastic bags will be removed in total, which is 1.9 million a week
// Morrisons to remove all plastic ‘bags for life’ from every store
// Customers will be able to purchase its paper bags
// Paper bags will cost 30p and be available alongside other reusable options

Morrisons has said it will remove all plastic ‘bags for life’ from every store nationwide following a successful trial, saving 3200 tonnes of plastic per year.

The Big 4 grocer’s initiative comes after it removed its single use plastic bags in 2017.

Customers will now instead be able to purchase its paper bags which are reusable, recyclable, water resistant, tear resistant and can hold up to 16kg.


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The paper bags have a lower carbon footprint than Morrisons’ plastic equivalent.

Paper bags will cost 30p and be available alongside other reusable options including string, jute, cotton and reusable woven bags, priced between 75p and £2.50.

The removal of the plastic ‘bags for life’ will be phased and will begin in Scotland this month, followed by England and Wales over the course of the next year.

Almost 100 million plastic bags will be removed in total, which is 1.9 million a week.

“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.

Single use 5p carrier bags were removed from Morrisons in 2018 but some customers continue to buy plastic ‘bags for life’, which are stronger and thicker.

An increase of price to 50p was introduced to Morrisons plastic ‘bags for life’ in December 2020.

Since 2017, Morrisons has removed and made recyclable over 10,000 tonnes of plastic, and is on track to hit its 50 per cent plastic reduction target by 2025.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I refuse to pay 30p for those paper bags as they are a complete outlier, I simply don’t bother going there now but I’m sure the Insight will bear this out.

    • Just bring a bag-for-life or keep a rucksack with a couple of strong reusable plastic bags in it. Soon enough every supermarket will follow policies such as this to reduce single use plastic. It’s essential for the oceans and for nature in general.

  2. Good. I hope the supermarkets will all follow this policy. Let’s ban single use plastic once and for all. We should all be smarter and more appreciative of the world we live in. Using single use plastic bags and throwing them for landfill after you’ve taken your food produce home is selfish when you can easily use a bag-for-life or reuse some of the more stronger plastic bag varieties to do the job.

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