Removing and reducing plastics

We have a target in place to reduce own brand primary plastic packaging by 25% by 2025 against a 2017 baseline.

We will achieve this through a variety of methods including packaging optimisation, ‘right weighting’ or removal of unnecessary materials and innovation as well as concentrated and compressed packaging.

In 2018/19, we achieved a net 5.1% like-for-like reduction in own brand plastic packaging, the equivalent of 2,829 tonnes.

Plastic reduction examples 

  • Polystyrene - We completely removed expanded polystyrene from all Morrisons food and drink products in March 2019
  • Black plastic - We stopped making any new own brand products using black plastic packaging in March 2019
  • Fresh fruit and veg - We’re completely removing plastic from some fruit and veg across all stores, including British summer-season cucumbers, asparagus and rhubarb
  • Eggs - We removed plastic packaging from our full range of own brand eggs in June 2018
  • Microbeads - We prohibited the use of microbeads in our own brand products, ahead of legislation
  • Cotton buds - We only stock cotton buds with paper stems, rather than plastic ones;
  • Straws - We only use paper drinking straws in our cafes, and we’ve removed boxed plastic straws from sale – replacing them with paper straws
  • Milk jiggers - By the end of 2020 we will have removed milk jiggers from our cafes and canteens.
  • Stickers - Where products are easily identifiable, we have removed millions of little plastic stickers from our fresh fruit and veg
  • Bubble wrap - We have swapped out bubble wrap from between our apples with paper sheets to reduce how much plastic we are using in store
  • Potatoes - Using plastic on our potatoes helps reduce greening, sprouting and them drying out, however we have managed to reduce the amount of plastic we are using by making the bags a better fit
  • Bread bags - Our bread bags are now thinner using less plastic
  • Labels - To reduce the amount of plastic we are using on our packs of meat we changed the labels from plastic to paper.