Iceland the latest grocer to bring back paper bags in war on plastic

ELIAS JAHSHAN | July 3, 2018

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Iceland has launched a paper bag trial to see if customers are willing to ditch plastic carrier bags at the checkout, as part of the grocer’s wider strategy to reduce its plastic waste.White paper bags, which the frozen food retailer said are recycled and bio degradable, are being offered to shoppers at its Merseyside stores for 10p. Plastic carrier bags will also carry a 10p fee to help encourage customers to make the switch to paper. Should the eight week trial prove successful, paper carrier bags could be rolled out across Iceland’s 800 UK stores. Iceland managing director Richard Walker said the scheme would give customers the chance to reduce their own plastic waste, as well as help Iceland reduce its plastic output.

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