Plastic bags scrapped by Morrisons 16 years after Hebden Bridge set trend – The Yorkshire Post says

IT IS more than 15 years since Hebden Bridge’s decision to stop the use of plastic bags after Recycle Calderdale made funding available in 2007 to encourage shoppers to use reusable cotton bags.

This initiative prompted the raising of many sceptical eyebrows at the time. Now, more than a decade and a half later, it looks enlightened and years ahead of its time.

And the change in societal attitudes is further evidenced by the decision of Bradford-based supermarket Morrisons, a bellwether of the high street, going even further and announcing that it will remove all plastic ‘bags for life’ from every store nationwide, saving 3,200 tonnes of plastic per year.

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This follows the removal of single use plastic bags in 2017 and customers will instead be able to purchase its paper bags which are reusable, recyclable, water resistant, tear resistant and can hold up to 16kg. University of Sheffield research suggests that Morrisons paper bags have a lower carbon footprint than our plastic equivalent.

Morrisons has announced it will be the first UK supermarket to move away from plastic bags completely as it removes all plastic ‘bags for life’ from every store nationwide, saving 3,200 tonnes of plastic per year. Customers will instead be able to purchase its paper bags which are reusable, recyclable, water resistant, tear resistant and can hold up to 16kg. A life cycle analysis carried out by Sheffield University has also shown that Morrisons paper bags have a lower carbon footprint than our plastic equivalent. Paper bags will cost 30p and be available alongside other reusable options including string, jute, cotton and reusable woven bags, priced between 75p and £2.50.

Testament to the continuing foresight of Morrisons chief executive David Potts and his top team, it is a move that will, almost certainly, be replicated by its competitors as they respond to the latest trends.

In the meantime, is there any chance that Morrisons, or a town like Hebden Bridge, can develop a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles and cans to counter the Government’s pedestrian-like approach to litter? For, while people should always be expected to dispose of their detritus responsibly, or bin it safely at home, such an initiative would further encourage a wider culture of recycling.

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Morrisons is becoming the first supermarket in Britain to ban all plastic bags.