Aldi is expected to consume 12.5 million plastic bags a year, introducing three new environmentally friendly bag options in its 139 stores in Ireland.
From January, all loose fruit and vegetable bags in the store will be 100% compostable. Aldi will also store a 100% compostable shopping bag and reusable paper bag for recycling.
This move is Aldi's last proposal to cut unnecessary plastics because it aims to reduce plastic packaging by 25% by the end of 2023. The initiative will remove 10 million disposable plastic bags for fruit and vegetables, equivalent to 17.8 tons of unnecessary plastics from circulation and 2.5 million plastic shopping bags over the next year thanks to a new range of shopping bags
Both new fully certified 100% compostable Aldi bags are made of biodegradable glued cornstarch, which makes them both suitable for commercial compost. The recyclable paper life bag is made of eco-friendly FSC certified paper and is printed with permanent water-based inks, making it 100% recyclable.
All three bags are an excellent and durable replacement for plastic, with a compostable shopping bag with a carrying capacity of up to 12 kilograms, and a paper life bag with a weight of 20 kilograms.
Commenting, said John Curtin Group Buying Group in Aldi Ireland. "We are very proud to be the first retailer in Ireland that offers customers biodegradable and plastic-free alternatives to our entire range of products and shopping bags, including fruit and vegetable bags, standard shopping bags and shopping bags lifetime. With 139 supermarkets in Ireland, we are pleased that this new initiative will have an impact on the environment in communities across the country. "
Aldi is committed to reducing plastic packaging in all of its products.
Their goal is to remove difficult to recycle packaging, including expanded polystyrene, PVC and undetectable black plastic from basic food products by the end of 2020, while working on ensuring that 100% of own label packaging can be recycled, reused or compostable for the end of 2022. Their goal is also to reduce packaging by 25% by the end of 2023.
Working to achieve these goals, Aldi banned undetectable black plastic from the fruit and vegetable range and fresh beef earlier this year, removing 8.15 million non-recyclable black plastic trays annually.