Aldi launches first packaging-free products trial
Aldi has launched a trial of packaging-free products to help its customers shop more sustainably.
Running in one store in Ulverston in Cumbria, the initiative offers shoppers the opportunity to buy basmati rice, brown rice, penne pasta and wholewheat fusilli loose in store. Due to the products being available by weight, Aldi is providing customers with free paper bags that are fully recyclable and made of FSC-certified material.
If the trial is successful, the supermarket will look to develop its refillable options in other shops.
Aldi said the move could remove more than 130 tonnes of plastic annually from its stores.
Richard Gorman, plastics and packaging director at Aldi, said: “We’re always looking for new ways to reduce waste plastic and limit packaging, as many of our shoppers are increasingly conscious of the environment and their impact on it. We hope local customers embrace the trial and we will use their feedback to inform any future plans around refillable products.”
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