UK supermarket Morrisons today announces a trial launch of large paper bags for groceries at supermarket check-outs. It didn’t stop there either – the price of plastic bags will also be doubled.

Morrisons will now charge 15p for plastic bags, and the US-style paper bags will cost 20p.

Morrisons to trial large paper bags

The paper bags can be reused and recycled, and come to Morrisons after customers urged the retailer to introduce them in-store. Initially, only 8 of nearly 500 stores across the UK will offer the bags: Camden and Wood Green in London; Skipton, Hunslet and Yeadon in Yorkshire; Erskine in Scotland; Gibraltar; and Abergavenny, Wales.

Last year,  Morrisons eliminated 5p carrier bags early reducing overall bag sales by a quarter.

Speaking with The Guardian, Andy Atkinson, Morrisons’ group customer and marketing director, said: “These new paper bags do exactly the same job as standard plastic carrier bags. They are tough, reusable and can help keep a large amount of plastic out of the environment.”