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Morrisons to trial 20p paper bags

Morrisons is to introduce paper shopping bags to eight of its stores this week, in an attempt to further cut down on the use of single-use plastic carrier bags.

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Morrisons is trialling the 20p paper bags in eight of its stores

The eight-week trial comes after the supermarket removed its 5p carrier bags early last year, a move which reduced its overall bag sales by a quarter. Morrisons is also due to increase the price of its reusable plastic bags from 10p to 15p.

The paper bags will be trialled in stores in Camden and Wood Green in London; Skipton, Hunslet and Yeadon in Yorkshire; Erksine in Scotland; Gibraltar; and Abergavenny, Wales.

Speaking to The Guardian, Andy Atkinson, Morrison’s group customer and marketing director, says: “These new paper bags do exactly the same job as standard plastic carrier bags. They are tough, reusable and can help keep a large amount of plastic out of the environment.”

These new paper bags do exactly the same job as standard plastic carrier bags

Whilst concerns have been raised around the environmental impact of the energy used to produce the bags, Ecofys, an international energy and climate consultancy, revealed that the paper, pulp and print sector is one of the lowest industrial emitters of greenhouse gasses, accounting for just 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

The paper bags hold the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification and are sourced from responsibly managed forests.

Following the success of the initial carrier bag levy, environment secretary Michael Gove has set up a consultation exercise that proposes raising the 5p carrier bag charge to 10p. This would come into effect from January 2020.

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