Aldi scraps single-use bags for loose fruit and vegetables
Aldi is ending the use of single-use bags for loose fruit and vegetables across all of its stores in a move which will save more than 100 tonnes of plastic a year.
The bags will be removed from the supermarket’s 894 stores by the end of 2020.
In a statement, Aldi said shoppers will be encouraged to bring their own containers or buy reusable drawstring produce bags, which are made from recycled bottles and cost 25p each.
The move follows a successful trial in 100 stores across the Midlands earlier this year.
Chris McKenry, plastics and packaging director at Aldi UK & Ireland, said: “Aldi is committed to reducing plastic waste, and evolving our approach to the sale and distribution of our bags is a critical part of that.
“We’ve already made good headway with removing and replacing avoidable plastics across our product range, but now it is time to step things up when it comes to bags and providing our customers with sustainable alternatives.”
In July, Aldi announced that it would be working to halve the volume of plastic packaging used by 2025. The commitment will see the supermarket remove 74,000 tonnes of plastic packaging during the next five years.
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