Plastic bags that Morrisons scrapped 16 years after the Hebden Bridge trend – says the Yorkshire Post
It has been more than 15 years since Hebden Bridge decided to end the use of plastic bags after Recycle raised funds to Calderdale in 2007 to encourage customers to use reusable cotton bags.
Thursday, April 8, 2021, 4:39 p.m.
This initiative led to the raising of many skeptical eyebrows at the time. Now, more than a decade and a half later, it looks enlightened and years ahead of its time.
And the shift in societal attitudes is made even more apparent by the decision of Bradford-based Morrisons supermarket, a pioneer of High Street, to remove all lifelong plastic bags from every store nationwide and save 3,200 tons of plastic per year.
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This follows the removal of single-use plastic bags in 2017, and customers can instead purchase paper bags that are reusable, recyclable, water-resistant, tear-resistant and weigh up to 16 kg. Research from the University of Sheffield suggests that Morrison’s paper bags have a lower carbon footprint than our plastic equivalent.
Morrisons has announced that it will be the first supermarket in the UK to move entirely away from plastic bags as all plastic bags for life will be removed from every store nationwide, saving 3,200 tons of plastic a year. Instead, customers can buy paper bags that are reusable, recyclable, water-resistant, tear-resistant and weigh up to 16 kg. A life cycle analysis conducted by Sheffield University also showed that Morrison’s paper bags have a lower carbon footprint than our plastic equivalent. Paper bags cost 30p and are available alongside other reusable options including string, jute, cotton and reusable woven bags, priced between 75p and £ 2.50.
This is testament to the continued foresight of Morrison’s CEO David Potts and his top team. This step will almost certainly be repeated by its competitors as they react to the latest trends.
In the meantime, is there any chance that Morrisons or a city like Hebden Bridge can develop a plastic bottle and can take-back system to counter the government’s pedestrian-like approach to trash? While people should always be expected to dispose of their waste responsibly or dispose of it safely at home, such an initiative would further promote a broader culture of recycling.
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Morrisons is the first supermarket in the UK to ban all plastic bags.