Aldi is due to expand the trial that removes plastic from fresh produce across other regions in England, after it’s been initially rolled out in Scotland earlier this year.
100 tonnes of plastic
Practically speaking, the trial will be expanded from next month into parts of the North East and South East of England, where it will start selling loose cabbages (savoy, red, white and pointed cabbages) and cauliflower. The retailer estimates it could avoid using over 100 tonnes of plastic a year if the trial is effectively implemented across all its 830 UK stores, without increasing food waste.
At the same time, the discounter has finalized the removal of all non-recyclable black plastic from its range of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Fritz Walleczek, Aldi UK managing director of corporate responsibility said: “The trial of so-called ‘naked’ vegetables has had a very positive reception in Scotland and, as a result, we’re now looking to extend this trial into two of our regions in England.” He adds: “Cutting waste is at the heart of what we do. Where we can, our aim is to remove unnecessary plastic entirely without leading to unnecessary food waste. Where we can’t do that, we are committed to ensuring that packaging doesn’t end up as waste by ensuring that all ours is recyclable, reusable or compostable.”
In addition, Aldi has committed to ensuring all of its own-label packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022, and reducing plastic packaging by 25% by the end of 2023.
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