Morrisons launches its first fully plastic free Christmas gift wrap range

Morrisons has completely removed plastic packaging from its Christmas gift wrap and accessory ranges – removing over 3.1 tonnes of plastic shrink wrap from its wrapping paper alone.

This is in addition to the removal of glitter and plastic from paper wrap, crackers and cards in previous years, which has reduced plastic in its range by over 150 tonnes over the past three years.

This year, Morrisons has removed plastic film and plastic shrink wrap from its festive wrapping paper and gifting accessories such as gift tags and bags. Gift bags will comprise of recyclable paper, replacing their plastic ribbon handles with a paper twist or paper braid alternative.

To help customers and to make disposing of festive wrap easier, Morrisons is also launching a fully recyclable sticky tape, meaning there is no need to remove it before placing it in curbside collections or contaminating the paper recycling stream with bits of plastic. 

Along with offering customers a chance to have a more sustainable Christmas, the price of wrapping paper has been halved compared to its price last Chrismtas. Previously costing £2 in 2021, wrapping paper will cost just 99p this year and gift bags have also been reduced, giving customers more incentive to have an eco-friendlier Christmas.

Product This Year (2022) Last Year (2021
Wrapping Paper 99p £2.00
Bottle Gift Bag £1.00 £1.25
Small Gift Bag 65p £1.25
Medium Gift Bag 80p £2.00
Large Gift Bag £1.00 £2.50
Extra Large Gift Bag £1.50 £3.00
Sticky Tape (Red, Silver and Kids) 10m £1.00

Jodie Mackrill, Buying Manager for Christmas and Events at Morrisons, said: “We are always looking to find ways to reduce and remove plastic packaging across all of the products we sell. It’s what our customers tell us they want too. 

“During the Christmas period, 269,423 miles of wrapping paper are used every year*, contributing to plastic ending up in landfill. Our new entirely plastic-free Christmas wrap and gift  range means customers can have a more sustainable Christmas and we hope that cutting costs on gift bags and wrapping paper will help them in that.”

The new range supports Morrisons target to reduce plastic packaging by 50% and to make all own-brand plastic packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.


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