Morrisons is bringing back string bags after listening to customers who want plastic free ways to carry fruit and vegetables.
The move will mean that customers can buy loose fruit and veg or wrap it in a paper bag and carry it home in a string bag – just like shoppers from the 1970’s and 80’s.
Earlier this year, Morrisons became the first supermarket to roll-out plastic free fruit and veg areas in its stores, allowing customers to choose from up to 127 varieties of loose produce. The new string bags will help customers to carry this unpackaged fruit and veg, helping to reduce the amount of plastic packaging needed for a weekly shop.
At launch, the reuseable string bag will cost £1 and will be located in the Greengrocery area of Morrisons aisle. They are initially being trialled in four stores – Catcliffe, Guiseley, Halfway and Skipton – before being rolled out in stores across the country in later this year.
The bags are made from 100% unbleached and untreated recycled cotton. They are robustly designed to be re-used and can be washed should the bag get dirty.
Morrisons string bag is able to hold approximately 8 kilogrammes of fresh produce – the equivalent of 26 large baking potatoes. With 15mm holes, they will also hold most smaller types of fruits and vegetables – including garlic, kiwis and new potatoes.
In addition to launching the string bags, Morrisons is also introducing a re-useable flower bag. Costing £2, the bag is made from 100% natural jute.