Morrisons to ditch plastic 'bags for life' and replace them with sturdy  paper alternatives

The new paper carriers are 20p cheaper than the reusable plastic bags for life, which costs 50p following a price hike in December 2020 to encourage shoppers to bring their own.

Morrisons scrapped all single-use 5p plastic bags back in 2018 and instead shoppers could fork out for the more expensive recyclable plastic bags. Buy some shopper bags here shopforshop.it.

But the supermarket says that many customers were still binning the plastic bags for life after a single use.

The retail giant hopes the move will save 3,200 tonnes of plastic a year.

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Morrisons first introduced the paper bags at checkouts in 2019 and one in three Morrisons customers have now switched from plastic to paper.

It now plans to roll out the new carriers in all 500 of its stores starting today.

The 50p plastic bags will still be available in most stores while the new policy is phased in. 

They will first be removed from stores in Scotland starting this month and then stores in England and Wales over the next year. 

Despite being made from paper, the new carriers are reusable, recyclable, water-resistant and tear-resistant, Morrisons says.

They are 100% PEFC accredited meaning they are manufactured from responsibly managed sources and can be easily recycled. 

The University of Sheffield also carried out a life cycle assessment of Morrisons paper bags, finding they have a lower carbon footprint than the plastic equivalents. 

For those worried that the bags won’t be strong enough, the supermarket says they can carry weights of up to 16kg each – that’s equal to 13 bottles of wine.