Supermarket brings back paper bags for fruit and veg in drive to cut down on plastic

The brown paper bags issued by Morrisons for greengrocer areas, which have been introduced into 493 stores, and will be rolled out to the rest by the end of the summer. Picture by Mikael Buck/Morrisons
The brown paper bags issued by Morrisons for greengrocer areas, which have been introduced into 493 stores, and will be rolled out to the rest by the end of the summer. Picture by Mikael Buck/Morrisons

Paper bags for fruit and vegetables have made a come back in Morrisons, as the supermarket tries to cut the use plastic.

Brown paper bags for greengrocer areas have been introduced into 493 stores, and will be rolled out to the rest by the end of the summer.

The company has said it hopes the move will stop the use of more than 150million small plastic bags each year.

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 150million bags from being used in our stores every year."

The new bags are made from 100% recyclable paper, and will have a see-through strip so customers and staff can easily see what is inside.