Morrison’s is to offer customers paper bags instead of plastic carriers in a bid to tackle pollution. The retailer will also trial increasing the cost of its reusable plastic carrier bag to 15p. While the retailer has introduced them to combat plastic pollution, campaigners warn paper bags come with their own environmental challenges. Waitrose joined that chorus saying it wouldn’t introduce paper bags because it can take three times more energy to make a paper bag than a plastic one. And at 20p it’s three times the price of plastic and is most likely to be single use. So, taking account of all these factors, would you spend 20p on a paper bag?
Would you pay 20p for a paper carrier bag?