We’re excited to launch our first lower environmental impact store today in Little Clacton. It will use 43% less carbon, stock 366 loose products and will be almost zero waste, whilst quadrupling locally sourced products and increasing biodiversity schemes and community hours. 

Your new Little Clacton

In its environmental construction, Morrisons Little Clacton has recycled 99% of the demolition materials from its old store in the new build, and reused and reduced steel to lower carbon emissions by 52%. Special car park tarmac has been used to offer a carbon saving of up to 25%. A rainwater harvesting system will be used to  flush the store’s toilets and reduce virgin water use of nearly 600,000 litres a year. Outside the store, a wildlife area has been created in the grounds of the store to offer a home for birds, insects and small animals.

The new store design, which has been built from scratch, for the first time brings together the widest range of Morrisons structural features and loose products to reduce carbon emissions, energy and resources - and limit its environmental footprint. 

All of the store’s practical initiatives and designs have the genuine potential to be scaled up and introduced more widely across more of our stores. 

Shop more sustainably from our 366 loose products

Half the amount of plastic in your weekly shop, whilst enjoying a range of local and eco product options. Browse our widest range of no plastic products, priced the same or less than their standard equivalents.

  • 70 products in refill hoppers - including pasta, coffee, home baking, pulses and herbs, as well as refillable household cleaning products and 11 ‘naked’ and refillable health and beauty products 
  • 76 types of fruit and veg
  • A loose bakery with 57 plastic free breads and buns
  • A 18-strong frozen loose fruit, bread and pastry pick and mix section
  • 14 ‘loose’ pet foods
  • Plastic-free shopping for over 110 products at the meat, fish, deli counters using refillable containers 

How will Little Clacton store achieve carbon reduction?

The Little Clacton store will have 43% lower operational emissions than a standard store. Aligned with the Government’s plan to increase renewable energy, it will generate its own power and move away from gas.

  • No gas supply, and instead only using electricity from green sources
  • Solar panels installed on the roof, providing nearly 20% of its energy
  • Air source heat pumps using waste heat from fridges to heat the store and its hot water 
  • Next generation fridges using CO2 from agricultural waste instead of harmful HFCs
  • ‘Ecloblades’ fitted to fridge shelves, to trap cold air inside and reduce energy use
  • Exclusive operation of electric morrisons.com delivery vehicles
  • 20 EV charging stations for customers along with dedicated EV stations for colleagues’ cars, with charging speeds from 15 minutes to eight hours.

Fighting waste

Morrisons Little Clacton store will be almost zero waste and will offer you the ability to return your waste. Enjoy a wide range of recycling points for soft plastics, batteries, ink cartridges, cartons, glass and textiles making it easier for you to recycle your hard-to-recycle items. The store’s back-of-house will recycle all waste - to minimise what's sent to landfill. The Little Clacton store will also offer Too Good To Go 'Magic Bags' - where you can get £10 of fruit, veg, deli and bakery products for just £3.09 - to prevent food waste. 

Supporting local farmers, growers and foodmakers

The store will also stock a wide range of locally sourced products from local farmers, growers and foodmakers - to help the local economy and keep food miles to a minimum. They've been sourced as part of Morrisons Nation's Local Foodmakers programme, which searches for locally known and loved food and drinks. Over 250 local beers, spirits, fruits, vegetables, eggs, pies, breads, jams, teas, sauces, biscuits and crisps will be supplied from less than 35 miles away, against an average of 50 lines in Morrisons regular stores South East stores. The store will also be the first to trial Morrisons carbon neutral eggs.

We've committed to a range of environmental targets for carbon, plastic and waste. We plan to become net zero for operational emissions by 2035, in line with the international Paris Agreement, have committed to a 50% reduction across our own brand primary plastic packaging by 2025, and aim to recycle all of the waste we create by 2025.