Morrisons is set to trial paper carrier bags in eight of its stores in an attempt to reduce plastic waste.

The new US-style paper grocery bags, priced at 20p each, can be reused and recycled and are 100% PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) accredited, meaning they are sourced from forests managed responsibly.

As part of the trial, Morrisons is increasing the price of standard plastic carrier bags from 10p to 15p in the eight trial stores to further reduce plastic use.

Morrisons group customer and marketing director, Andy Atkinson, said: “When we listen to customers they want us to help them reduce the amount of plastic they have in their lives.

“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.”

The announcement follows the removal of the 5p carrier bags from Morrisons store in early 2018, which led to 25% reduction in overall bag sales.