Aldi will scrape the use of 12.5 million plastic bags annually with the launch of three new eco-friendly bags in 139 Irish stores.
As of January, all fruit and vegetable bags sold in the store will be 100% fertilized. Aldi will also stock 100% Compostable Shopping bag and reusable and recyclable Paper Bags for Life.
The move is Aldi's latest proposal to cut unnecessary plastic for the goal of reducing plastic packaging by 25% by the end of 2023. The initiative will lift 10 million disposable plastic fruit and vegetable bags of 17.8 tons. 2.5 million plastic shopping bags as a result of unnecessary plastics in circulation and new shopping bags for next year
Both Aldi’s fully certified 100% fertilizer drums are made of biodegradable pulp corn starch, both of which are made suitable for commercial compost. The Recycled Paper Life Bag is made of FSC certified eco-friendly paper and printed with sustainable water inks, which makes it 100% recyclable.
All three bags offer a perfect and durable spare part for plastic, along with a Compostable Shopping Bag that can carry up to 12 kilograms and a Paper Bag for Life that can lift up to 20 kilograms.
Commenting, John Curtin Group, Aldi Ireland Purchasing Director said. Uz We are proud to be the first retailer in Ireland to offer our customers biodegradable and plastic-free alternatives to our full range of products and carrier bags, including fruit and vegetable bags, standard carrier bags and Life Bags. With 139 supermarkets in the Republic of Ireland, we are excited to see the environmental impact of this new initiative in communities across the country. "
Aldi is committed to reducing plastic packaging in its product range.
It aims to make it difficult to recycle packages containing expanded polystyrene, PVC and undetectable black plastic by the end of 2020, while 100% of their labeled packaging can be recycled, reused or composted by the end of 2022. They also aim to reduce packaging by 25% by the end of 2023.
Earlier this year, Aldi banned undetectable black plastic packaging from the range of fruits and vegetables and fresh beef, and issued an 8.15 million non-returnable black plastic tray annually.