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Full list of supermarkets banning essential Christmas item

MAJOR retailers are removing glitter from essentials Christmas products like wrapping paper and cards.

Glitter and plastic packaging are being axed as retailers try to deliver a more eco-friendly Christmas this year.

Retailers are scrapping glitter for Christmas essentials

Glitter is made from tiny particles of plastic, and can take hundreds of years to degrade, meaning it’s bad for the environment.

This Christmas, Morrisons shoppers will no longer be able to get glitter on greeting cards, gift wrap and seasonal items in stores.

The supermarket has also removed all plastic toys from its Christmas crackers, which will be completely plastic-free this year. 

It has also reduced the amount of plastic packaging on cards and decorations, with most now coming in recyclable cardboard.

But Morrisons isn’t the first retailer to try and be more sustainable.

Boots has also ditched glitter and single-use plastic packaging from its Christmas gifts.

And Waitrose and John Lewis have previously promised to remove glitter from single-use products this Christmas.

We explain which retailers have ditched glitter and single-use plastic packaging this Christmas.


Morrisons has removed glitter entirely from its own-brand ranges of greetings cards, gift wrap and seasonal items.

It has also removed all plastic toys from its Christmas crackers.

All contents – such as games and gifts – will now be made out of paper, metal or wood and are designed to be kept and reused. 

The supermarket has also reduced the amount of plastic packaging on cards and decorations.

Christine Bryce, Morrisons home director. said: â€œWe’ve taken glitter and plastic out of our festive range this year – so that our customers can enjoy their festivities without worrying about the environmental impact.

“This means that we’re now 100 per cent glitter free across all our own brand ranges which is an important step in the fight against plastic pollution.”


Boots banned glitter from its seasonal gift range in 2020, and has continued to have no glitter on any gift packaging, gift wrap, cards or tags since that time.

The retailer also removed throw away plastic packaging from its gifting range.


Marks and Spencer banned glitter from its entire seasonal celebration range in 2019.

It meant none of the sparkly stuff appeared on crackers, calendars, cards and wrapping paper.

The Sun has contacted the high street shop to find out if it is doing the same this year.


Aldi scrapped non-biodegradable glitter from its Halloween and Christmas ranges in 2019.

It promised to remove glitter from all products by 2021.

We have approached Aldi for comment and will update this article when we know more.


Asda launched its first sustainable Christmas range in 2020.

The supermarket giant is yet to confirm whether it’s scrapped glitter entirely.

John Lewis and Waitrose

John Lewis and Waitrose removed glitter from all single-use products in 2020.

The Sun has contacted the retailer to find out if it is doing the same this festive season.


Shoppers at Sainsbury’s haven’t been able to buy Christmas cards, wrapping paper or gift bags with glitter on since 2020.

Sainsbury’s has also removed glitter from a range of decorations and crackers, as well as flowers


Tesco doesn’t sell biodegradable or plastic glitter on any own-brand products or packaging.

Meanwhile, The Sun has rated all of this year’s Christmas ads so far – including one supermarket that has signed up a very famous festive icon.

And Celebrations is making a major change to tubs this Christmas – and it will divide all chocolate fans

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