The beginning of the end for "bags for life"? The Morrisons supermarket will test paper shopping bags to remove ALL plastic versions from its stores
- Morrisons supermarket is being tested with 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 get 90 million out of the system
Supermarket The giant Morrisons is one step closer to removing all plastic bags from its stores.
The retailer is currently running a paper bag trial that may remove plastic bags from tills for life following the 5P disposable bag ban.
The move will initially be carried out in eight branches and, if successful, will be taken over by hundreds of others across the country.
Morrisons was the first UK supermarket to introduce paper bags at all checkouts in all 494 stores early last year
It is in response to concerns that many shoppers have switched from the cheap 5p bags to the bags for life but only use and discard them once.
Removing standard plastic bags for life from all Morrisons stores would get 90 million out of the system and save 3,510 tons of plastic per year.
Morrisons was the first UK supermarket to introduce paper bags at all checkouts in all 494 stores early last year.
Chief Executive Officer David Potts said yesterday, "We believe customers are ready to stop using plastic bags as they want to reduce the amount of plastic they have in their lives and keep it out of the environment."
The store's paper bag costs 30p, just like a plastic bag for life. It has handles and can hold up to 35 pounds. They are made in an organic facility in Wales.
Morrisons will continue to offer options for jute, cotton and reusable woven bags at prices of £ 2.50, £ 1.50 and 60p respectively.
The retailer is currently conducting a paper bag trial that will remove plastic bags for life after the 5-P disposable bags are banned from checkouts (file photo).
Could this be the end of bags for life?
In 2019, a report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Greenpeace found that a typical "life bag" would have to be used at least four times if it was a thin polyethylene bag and at least 11 times if it was a thick one Polypropylene-traded bag must correspond to that of a conventional disposable carrier.
But researchers found that people didn't and a "Bag for Life" became a "Bag for a Week".
According to the report, the researchers called tThe standard price for a lifetime bag should be increased from 10 to 70 pence as this would encourage longer use of the bags.
In 2011, an investigation by the Northern Ireland Congregation found that making a paper bag took more energy than making 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 bags for life use more plastic than single-use bags.
In the meantime, a cotton bag would have to be used 131 times to be more environmentally friendly than its plastic counterpart.
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