Morrisons will stop wrapping cucumbers in plastic bags

Morrison & # 39; s will start selling cucumbers without the protective wrap to reduce the waste of plastic. The Bradford store says the initiative will save 16 million plastic bags that will be thrown away each year

The Morrisons supermarket will start selling cucumbers without a protective plastic wrap to reduce waste.

The supermarket chain Bradford says the initiative will save 16 million plastic bags that will be thrown away each year.

Cucumbers have been sold historically inside a protective case to prolong their useful life and prevent dehydration.

However, Morrisons has confirmed that it will now abandon the plastic wrap during the British agricultural season, as the time needed to transport the unwrapped cucumbers from the farm to the shop is fast enough so as not to affect shelf life.

When the British agricultural season, usually around October, Morrisons will again use plastic sleeves to keep their cucumbers fresh during the import process.

The supermarket decided to get rid of the plastic wrap following the comments of its customers, who said that reducing plastic should be one of Morrison's top priorities.

This is the latest in a series of movements by Morrisons to reduce its plastic footprint. He implemented a change from plastic bags to paper last month, and now offers coupons for customers who bring their plastic bottles.

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Morrison & # 39; s will start selling cucumbers without the protective wrap to reduce the waste of plastic. The Bradford store says the initiative will save 16 million plastic bags that will be thrown away each year

Morrison & # 39; s will start selling cucumbers without the protective wrap to reduce the waste of plastic. The Bradford store says the initiative will save 16 million plastic bags that will be thrown away each year

The measure will be applied throughout the country and you will see all uncut full size cucumbers that appear without a plastic wrap on the shelves of the supermarket chain.

Half a cucumber will still be wrapped in the package to preserve the fruit.

These portions of cucumber are prone to losing their internal moisture quickly and not using the plastic protection would make them unusable, says Morrisons.

The British growing season generally runs from March to October.

Outside of that period, Morrisons will import their cucumbers from abroad and will again use plastic wrappers to keep their cucumbers fresh.

Richard Hatherly, Senior Salad Shopping Manager at Morrisons, said: "We have listened to customer concerns and are doing what we can to eliminate plastic packaging.

"While plastic can serve a purpose, we believe that this movement will eliminate it from the environment without causing food waste."

Morrisons has made several moves recently to respond to the growing demand from customers for reduced plastic containers in perishable products.

He is currently in the midst of a massive display of brown paper bags to all his stores with designated greengrocer areas.

Cucumbers have historically been sold in plastic to prolong shelf life and prevent dehydration. This is the latest in a series of supermarket moves to reduce its plastic footprint after implementing a switch from plastic bags to paper last month.

Cucumbers have historically been sold in plastic to prolong shelf life and prevent dehydration. This is the latest in a series of supermarket moves to reduce its plastic footprint after implementing a switch from plastic bags to paper last month.

Cucumbers have historically been sold in plastic to prolong shelf life and prevent dehydration. This is the latest in a series of supermarket moves to reduce its plastic footprint after implementing a switch from plastic bags to paper last month.

The measure will be applied throughout the country and you will see all uncut full-size cucumbers that appear nude on supermarket shelves. Half cucumber will still be wrapped in the package to preserve the fruit

The measure will be applied throughout the country and you will see all uncut full-size cucumbers that appear nude on supermarket shelves. Half cucumber will still be wrapped in the package to preserve the fruit

The measure will be applied throughout the country and you will see all uncut full-size cucumbers that appear nude on supermarket shelves. Half cucumber will still be wrapped in the package to preserve the fruit

WHAT ARE THE MOST RECENT PREDICTIONS FOR THE FUTURE IMPACT OF OCEAN WASTE?

It is expected that the amount of plastic in the oceans will triple in just ten years, warned a report issued by the government of the United Kingdom in March 2018.

This key environmental problem runs the risk of being "out of sight, out of mind" with more knowledge about the surface of Mars and the Moon than over the deep seabed, he added.

The cost of plastic pollution at sea could be 150 million tons in 2025, tripling the estimated 50 million tons in 2015.

Our oceans store carbon dioxide and heat while producing oxygen and food, said the Future of the Sea Prospect Report.

On the growing plague of plastic pollution, the document warned that this will leave a physical presence, accumulating on the coasts or in particular areas of the ocean.

The report also warned that plastic litter on the coasts could increase the risk of dangerous bacteria in the water, such as E. coli.

He said efforts to reduce plastic pollution should focus on preventing it from entering the sea, developing new biodegradable materials and public awareness campaigns.

About 500 locations (493 stores) will make the switch to the end of summer.

The company has said it expects the measure to stop using more than 150 million small plastic bags every year.

Richard Hatherly, senior salad purchasing manager at Morrisons, said of the move: "We have heard the concerns of customers about the use of plastic bags for fruits and vegetables and that is why we are bringing paper bags.

"There is more work to be done, but this step will mean that 150 million bags will not be used in our stores every year."

The bags are made of 100% recyclable paper and will have a transparent strip so customers and staff can easily see what's inside.

Morrisons is committed that by 2025, all its own brand plastic containers will be reusable, recyclable or compostable.

WHAT IS MORISON DOING TO REDUCE PLASTIC DISPOSAL?

Morrisons is taking a series of measures to reduce plastic pollution, which include:

· Work with all products of your own brand to identify, reduce and eliminate any unnecessary plastic packaging;

· Make more recyclable containers. One of the first pieces of packaging to be replaced will be the black plastic trays, used for meat and fresh fish. They will be eliminated by the end of 2019;

· Rehearsing the effect of eliminating plastic containers of fruits and vegetables in several stores. The objective is to observe how plastic containers can be reduced, which keep food fresh, without increasing the waste of food;

· Remove 5p plastic bags from all stores and offer customers reusable bags for life;

· Allow customers to use their own containers for meat and fish at their Market Street Butcher and Fishmonger counters;

· Make water available for free in their cafes for customers who want to refill their water bottles and place sources of drinking water in new stores;

· Offer customers the option of using their own travel mugs for hot drinks in their cafeterias, barista bars and takeaway food to the stations, instead of using disposable coffee cups;

· Only use paper straws in their cafeterias;

· Only storing cotton buds with paper stems, instead of plastic ones;

· Prohibit the use of microbeads in the products of their own brand, before the legislation;

· Elimination of plastic containers from its full range of own-label eggs;

· Offering recycling points at the entrance of all your stores for plastic bags and old movies; Y,

· Removal of small plastic bags of fruits and vegetables from the aisles of the grocery store.

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