Aldi to trial compostable and paper carrier bags across its UK stores this year

'This new trial is one of the biggest we have ever launched,' says the supermarket.

Aldi reusable bag mock-up
Aldi

Aldi is launching a trial of paper and compostable carrier bags across all of its 830 UK stores from July 2019.

Half of all Aldi stores in the UK will offer paper bags while the rest will offer compostable alternatives. This is part of the budget supermarket's plan to reduce plastic packaging by 25 per cent by the end of 2023 and to also remove all hard-to-recycle packaging from its core food range by the end of 2020.

The new compostable paper bags are made from a biodegradable material called Bioplast and are designed to be completely domestically compostable within 12 months. These will be offered to customers at the till for 6p.

The brown bags — which will be sold in stores for 16p — are sourced from sustainably managed forests and are strong enough to carry up to 11kg of produce. The hope is that the new planet-friendly initiative will save up to 1,300 tonnes of plastic per year (around 33.3 million carrier bags).

And there are more plans in the pipeline. Later this year, Aldi customers will also be able to choose from further sustainable options, including a new reusable bag made entirely from Aldi back-of-store waste and a reusable cotton alternative.

Shaun Fellows/Aldi

'Reducing the amount of plastic we produce is fundamental to our commitment to being a sustainable and environmentally responsible business. This trial will identify the option which best suits our shoppers,' explains Fritz Walleczek, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility at Aldi.

'Cutting waste is part of Aldi’s DNA and we are constantly looking for new ways to reduce our environmental impact. This new trial is one of the biggest we have ever launched because we want our customers to be involved and help us make the right decision for them and the environment.'

Elsewhere, Waitrose has also begun a new trial scheme to save thousands of tonnes of plastic and packaging from its stores. It will offer customers the chance to bring their own containers and bottles to fill with items such as rice, wine and frozen fruits.


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