Aldi has joined its rivals in the drive to reduce plastic consumption by trialling reusable bags for its fruit and vegetables. Instead of plastic bags, the retailer will offer drawstring bags made from recycled plastic bottles costing 25p each. The initiative will affect over 250 stores in the UK and follows a similar project launched by Sainsbury’s.
Aldi has pledged to reduce plastic packaging by 25% by the end of 2023. If rolled out nationally, it is estimated that the project would remove the equivalent of 113 tons of single-use plastic from circulation each year.
Managing director of corporate responsibility at Aldi, Fritz Walleczek, said,
“We are hopeful that our customers will embrace these new reusable produce bags whenever they’re buying loose fruit and veg.”