Retailer Morrisons is to offer paper carrier bags as part of its commitment to remove unnecessary plastic from its stores.
It will be rolling out paper carrier bags in its Welsh stores next week, and in its English and Scottish stores in May.
The paper bags have been trialled in eight Morrisons stores since January and have proven popular with its customers.
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Made in Wales from paper from sustainability managed forests, the bags are strong enough to carry heavy weights up to 16kg.
They will be priced at 20p, the same price as a Morrisons standard plastic carrier bag and can be reused and recycled.
The bags will be labelled as a ‘Reusable Paper Bag’.
Morrisons group customer and marketing director Andy Atkinson said: “We are taking another meaningful step that will remove an estimated 1,300 tonnes of plastic out of the environment each year. Our customers have told us that reducing plastic is their number one environmental concern so introducing the paper bag across the nation will provide another way of reducing the plastic in their lives.”
The retailer has also examined the bag’s carbon footprint and has said that it is equivalent to the standard plastic carrier bag.
Other actions taken by the supermarket include:
- Removing single-use 5p carrier bags which led to 25% reduction in overall bag sales
- Allowing customers to bring their own containers to Morrisons’ butchers and fish counters
- Moving all loose fruit & veg to be sold in paper rather than plastic bags
- Removing plastic packaging from many items including plastic sleeves from cucumbers during the British growing season.