Morrisons is bringing back popular retro item from the 80s

Morrisons is bringing back a popular retro item from the 80s and early 90s.

The supermarket is re-launching glass bottles in a bid to cut down on its use of plastic.

It is the first grocer to make the switch, as part of its plans to reduce CO2 emissions.

Morrisons will be collecting and sanitising the containers so they can be reused — and says they can last for ten years, The Mirror reports.

Morrisons is trialling the return of glass bottles — which cost 90p and hold one pint of milk — in seven stores in Kent and four around Sheffield.

In comparison, a pint of semi-skimmed milk in a plastic carton at Morrisons currently costs 50p — but the supermarket says it hopes the move will be popular with customers who want to help the environment.

If you buy your milk direct from a local dairy farm, prices can cost anywhere from around 70p to £1 depending on where you live.

Reactions from shoppers have been mixed on social media – with some praising the move, and others annoyed about the price.

One said: “Got to say, Morrisons just keeps getting better. First paper bags for veg, now glass bottles for milk, and today they were playing Blue Monday by New Order in store. Putting the others to shame.”

Another tweeted: “Morrisons in the UK are bringing back glass milk bottles to reduce plastic waste. Great idea.”

A third said: “Interesting Morrisons starts a trial of glass milk bottles in Kent and Sheffield. But the customers pay more.”

A fourth added: “Milk and More deliver in glass bottles for less than that. Morrisons yet again profiteering.”

The plans from Morrisons should result in 40,000 plastic bottles being removed from its trial branches per year.

CO2 will also be cut as delivery comes from local farmers— meaning the milk will travel a shorter distance.

Morrisons says it has committed to a 50% reduction across its own-brand primary plastic packaging by 2025.

Packaging manager for Morrisons, Natasha Cook, said: “We want to help our customers live their lives with less plastic.

“Reusing glass milk bottles is an easy leap for many people to make because they remember that this was how milk used to arrive on the doorstep.

“We’re currently talking to other local dairies and hope to be able to roll out glass milk bottles across the country.”

Steve Hynd, policy manager from environment campaign group City to Sea, said: “Milk is a prime example of a product that could and should be swapped from single-use plastic bottles to planet-friendly reusable bottles.

“It is great to see Morrisons pioneering the process of delivering milk in reusable bottles in supermarket stores.”