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Morrisons Reintroduces Paper Bags for Loose Produce

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UK supermarket chain Morrisons has joined the war on plastic by reintroducing paper bags for loose fruit and vegetables.

The plastic bag tax, introduced in 2015, has seen a reduction upwards of 80 per cent in the number of plastic bags used for bagging groceries at the tills, however, the smaller bags used for loose produce have remained in the aisles of all the larger supermarkets, until now.

The paper bags are made of 100 per cent recycled paper and have a thin, transparent paper section allowing customers and shop staff to identify the contents. Morrisons has already begun rolling out the new scheme, with all of its stores expected to be using paper bags for loose produce by the end of the summer.

Morrisons is introducing the paper bags as part of its commitment to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP)'s Plastic Pact, a scheme which intends to ensure that 100 per cent of all new plastic is manufactured with materials that are recyclable or compostable by 2025, that 70 per cent of all plastic is disposed of in this fashion, and that single-use plastics such as cutlery and drinking straws are eliminated. All of the UK's major supermarket chains are signatories to the project. 

Morrisons is also encouraging customers to bring their own reusable containers to the store when purchasing food from the butchers and fishmongers counters in store. 100 extra loyalty-card reward points are offered as an incentive.

'Reducing the damage caused by plastic is one of the most challenging issues society can address,' said David Potts, Chief Executive of Morrisons 'Because we make most of the fresh food we sell, we’re in an important position to make changes to our packaging. Joining WRAP’s Plastic PACT also offers a special opportunity to work collaboratively to take this opportunity'

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