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MOR­RISONS su­per­mar­ket is plan­ning to ditch all its plas­tic ‘bags for life’ be­cause it says peo­ple just use them once and throw them away.

The food store is run­ning a trial in eight stores where only sturdy pa­per bags will be avail­able at check­outs.

If the trial works, hav­ing only pa­per bags across Mor­risons’ 494 stores would save 90m plas­tic bags a year, the com­pany says.

Last year Sains­bury’s said it was the first UK su­per­mar­ket to re­move plas­tic bags for loose fruit, veg­eta­bles and bak­ery items. Tesco says it will stop us­ing plas­tic bags to de­liver on­line gro­ceries fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful trial, sav­ing nearly 2,000 tonnes of plas­tic ev­ery year.

Fig­ures show the num­ber of sin­gle-use plas­tic bags given out by the big su­per­mar­kets in Eng­land has fallen more than 95% since the 5p charge was in­tro­duced in 2015.

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