Morrisons to remove plastic wrappers from bananas
Morrisons has announced that it will replace plastic wrappers on its bananas with paper strips, making it the first supermarket to remove plastic wrapping from bananas from all of its stores.
The announcement follows a successful 12-week trial that saw two million plastic bags removed from bananas. Morrisons said it will now complete the switch to paper tapes in all of its stores within the next six months and as a result, it plans to phase out 45 million single-use plastic bags each year, the equivalent of 180 tons of plastic from stores each year.
The paper strip will be made from FSC certified paper and will indicate the product’s country of origin, barcode and certification such as Fairtrade, Soil Association Certification or Rainforest Alliance.
Morrisons banana buyer Elio Biondo said: “Bananas have their own packaging – their skins. They also grow in clusters, which usually means they don’t need to be wrapped together. Simple sturdy paper strip is therefore the ideal alternative. Bananas have remained the same, so this plastic change is a no-brainer. “
Switching to paper tape is part of Morrisons’ broader plans to reduce plastic packaging and waste in its stores. Last week he announced plans to try six ‘zero waste’ stores in Edinburgh that will introduce facilities to help customers recycle all waste, from hard-to-recycle plastics to aluminum foil and plant pots, as well as reduce in-store waste.
Earlier this year, Morrisons launched a glass milk bottle trial which saw glass milk bottles delivered directly to the store and returned by customers for collection and reuse, while the store also introduced paper bags at the checkout and paper or string bags for fruits and vegetables to reduce the amount of plastic available in stores.
The news precedes an early announcement by the government of plans to expand the ban on single-use plastics to include items such as single-use plastic cutlery, plates and cups. The government has pledged to prevent avoidable plastic waste by 2042, banning single-use plastic items, such as straws, stirrers, and cotton swabs, and in August, the Department of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs has announced that it is seeking to extend the ban. with more details to be revealed in the coming weeks.