Morrisons takes steps to tackle plastic pollution
Supermarket giant Morrisons has today announced plans to reduce its plastic pollution. It has also committed to making all of its own-brand plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
We really have to start acting now if we are to have any hope of stemming the flow of plastics into our oceans, so we would hope to see some of these actions coming in immediately.Emma Cunningham,
Senior Pollution Campaigns Officer
MCS welcomes this news but emphasises the fact that governments and big businesses should act as soon as possible to decrease the harmful effects of plastic pollution on our seas and wildlife.
Morrisons will take steps including:
- Allowing customers to use their own containers for meat and fish from the butcher and fishmonger counters.
- Working through all of its own-brand products to identify, reduce and remove unnecessary plastic packaging.
- Trialling the removal of plastic packaging from fruits and vegetables in a number of stores.
- Making more packaging recyclable, with certain types to be phased out by the end of 2019.
- Fitting drinking water fountains into new stores.
Emma Cunningham, Marine Conservation Society Senior Pollution Campaigns Officer said: “We are really pleased to see Morrisons announce these measures to reduce unnecessary plastic and packaging in their stores.
“We really have to start acting now if we are to have any hope of stemming the flow of plastics into our oceans, so we would hope to see some of these actions coming in immediately.
“We all have a part to play as individuals to refuse single-use items, including straws and plastic bottles, and start using alternatives. From using paper straws, to refillable cups and bottles, we can all encourage governments to implement deposit refund systems and levies on single-use items.
“We would also want to see government mandated product material to be produced more from recycled sources, helping the industry to rethink the design and recyclability of their products.”
Currently, 82% of the plastic by weight in Morrisons packaging is recyclable, with the supermarket chain aiming to achieve 100% by working with suppliers, retailers and local authorities.
Research by Morrisons has shown that plastic reduction is now the third most important issue to their customers.
Morrisons has already taken some steps to reduce throwaway plastic waste, which includes no longer buying plastic drinking straws and plastic cotton buds, and no longer selling 5p single-use carrier bags.
Do you want to help stop the plastic tide? We are currently calling on UK governments to put a charge on single-use plastic throwaway items.
Actions you can take
- Download the Great British Beach Clean Report 2019
- Help us stop the plastic tide
- Help stop the plastic tide
Did you know?…
Since the carrier bag charge came in across the UK, the Great British Beach Clean has recorded almost 50% fewer bags on beaches
Over time, one plastic bottle bobbing along in the ocean can break down in to hundreds of tiny plastic pieces
Plastic has been found in the stomachs of almost all marine species including fish, birds, whales, dolphins, seals and turtles