Aldi is due to trial reusable drawstring bags for loose fruit and vegetables, in a bid to cut single-use plastics.
Trial taking place in Scotland, the Midlands and the North of England
Shoppers across more than 250 stores will have the option to buy the reusable bags for 25p each. The new bags will replace the free plastic bags that shoppers usually use to put fruit and vegetables into.
Similar reusable bags are already used in Sainsbury’s. According to Aldi, the new initiative will help remove the equivalent of 113 tonnes of single-use plastic from circulation each year.
Fritz Walleczek, managing director of corporate responsibility of Aldi, said: “We are committed to cutting the amount of plastic that Aldi and our customers use, particularly excess or single-use plastic like produce bags. We are hopeful that our customers will embrace these new reusable produce bags whenever they’re buying loose fruit and veg and, together, we will be able to take more than 100 tonnes of plastic a year out of circulation.”
Back in June, the retailer has expanded its loose vegetables trial in various parts of England, whereby plastic packaging is removed from vegetables.
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