Morrisons, one of the biggest supermarket chains in the UK, has brought back traditional paper bags for vegetables and fruit in an effort to cut down on plastic waste. The brown paper bags will take the place of single-use plastic bags, which are becoming infamous for their damaging role on the planet. Thanks to the switch, the chain estimates that it will save 150 million plastic bags a year.
The good old brown paper bags made a comeback in Morrisons on June 25, 2018, and will replace plastic bags in all of the chain’s 493 stores by the end of summer, the Guardian reports. The bags are made from 100 percent recyclable paper – even the see-through strip that lets the customers and staff easily tell what is inside each bag is made from paper.
The move was brought on by mounting concern among the public about the issue of plastic pollution and the ways supermarkets contribute to the problem. “We’ve listened to customers’ concerns about using plastic bags for fruit and vegetables and that is why we are bringing back paper bags,” said Drew Kirk, a produce director at Morrisons.
What is more, customers at the supermarket, which already announced a number of measures to reduce its plastic waste back in April, can now also bring their own containers to the supermarket’s butcher’s and fishmonger’s counters. As an incentive, the store is even offering 100 loyalty card points.
The switch from plastic to paper is hugely welcomed since small single-use plastic bags for packing loose fruit and vegetables are used in massive quantities in supermarkets – even by customers who make an effort to cut down on plastic in other ways like using reusable bags for their general shopping. Many are concerned about the hygiene issue when it comes to putting vegetables and fruit into our shopping carts, even though it’s best to wash these products before eating anyway.
Hopefully, Morrisons’s new move will inspire other supermarket chains to follow the lead and introduce brown paper bags for produce as the next positive change implemented by retailers worldwide!
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