Aldi to introduce reusable bags for fruit and veg

The budget supermarket initiates the latest phase in its plastic and packaging pledge

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Aldi has become the latest supermarket in the UK to switch out single use plastic bags for reusable sacs, in the fruit and veg isle.

This is the latest in a large scale effort to address the over-use of plastic in the industry.

The new drawstring sacs will cost 25p and be made from recycled plastic bottles. They will be available from late November in stores across Scotland and the north of England.

Aldi has already implemented a trial move from plastic use with its carrier bags, which are now either paper or compostable, depending on which part of the country you live in.

The paper bags are sourced from sustainably-managed forests and cost 19p each, while the compostable bags are the cheaper of the two at 6p each, and will be entirely compostable within 12 months.

Plastic and Packaging Pledge

This is part of the budget superstore's Plastic and Packaging Pledge, which contains a number of measures set to be implemented by 2025, to drastically reduce Aldi's impact on the environment :

Image: Aldi

Image: Aldi

In addition, the retailer had vowed to remove all non-biodegradable glitter from its Christmas range and rid the store of difficult to recycle materials, including expanded polystyrene, PVC and non-detectable black plastic, by the end of next year.

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Comments (6)

  • We‘ve been using reusable fabric nets for fruit and veggie shopping for a couple of months now. I was very sceptical at first, but they‘re much better than the plastic bags (not just from an environmental standpoint) - they’re bigger, more durable and the food is not sealed off in plastic.

      2 years ago
  • Good idea, but sacs is a disgusting word

      2 years ago
  • Why not offer paper bags instead

      2 years ago
    • Probably harder for staff to see the contents of loose veg to put them through the till.

      Remember Aldi pride itself on the speed staff can get stuff (and you) through the checkout.

        2 years ago