Tuesday 29 January 2019 2:26 AM UTC
LONDON Jan 29: Morrisons and Waitrose each step up their attempts to curb plastic waste, with the former introducing paper carrier bags to stores and the latter unveiling a £1m grant fund to tackle the environmental problem.
US-style paper carrier bags will be trialled in eight Morrisons stores this week following a poll of its customers that found reducing plastic waste was their number one environmental concern.
The paper bags have handles and are a similar capacity to standard plastic carrier bags. Priced at 20p each, they are also 100 per cent PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) accredited, meaning they are sourced from forests that are managed responsibly.
Morrisons is encouraging shoppers to reuse and eventually recycle them.
The supermarket did away with 5p plastic carrier bags in 2018, leading to a 25 per cent reduction in overall bag sales.
They were replaced by 10p bags made from recycled material from Morrisons stores. From this week the price of the standard plastic carrier bag will go up to 15p.
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