Morrisons introduces paper bags to fight plastic pollution

It expects to roll them out in all 493 stores by the end of the summer

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Morrisons is replacing plastic bags with brown paper bags for fresh fruits and vegetables across its stores in the UK.

They are being rolled out from today and are expected in all 493 stores by the end of the summer.

The move is part of the supermarket’s efforts to tackle plastic pollution.

The new paper bags are made out of 100% recyclable paper and have a see-through strip so customers and staff can identify the products inside.

Drew Kirk, Fruit and Veg Director at Morrisons said: “We’ve listened to customers’ concerns about using plastic bags for fruit and vegetables and that is why we are bringing back paper bags. There’s more work to do but this step will mean we prevent 150m bags from being used in our stores every year.”

Shoppers can now also bring their own containers to Morrisons butchers and fishmongers counters where they will be offered loyalty card points for doing so.