Aldi Ireland has announced it plans to scrap 12.5 million plastic bags from its stores annually, in favour of three environmentally friendly options.
The new alternatives includes 100% compostable loose fruit and vegebable bags, a 100% Compostable Shopping bag and a reusable and recyclable Paper 'Bag for Life'.
“We are very proud to be the first retailer in Ireland to offer customers biodegradable and plastic-free alternatives to our entire produce and carrier bag range, including fruit and vegetable bags, standard carrier bags and Bags for Life," said John Curtin, group buying director at Aldi Ireland.
Both of Aldi’s new fully certified 100% compostable bags are made of biodegradable pasted corn starch, making them both suitable for commercial compost, the group explained.
The recyclable Paper Bag for Life is made from FSC certified eco-friendly paper and is printed with sustainable water inks, making it 100% recyclable.
"With 139 supermarkets in the Republic of Ireland, we are excited to see the environmental impact this new initiative will have in communities across the country.” He added.
All three bags offer a 'durable' replacement for plastic, with the Compostable Shopping Bag able to carry up to 12 kilograms, and the Paper Bag for Life supporting 20 kilograms.
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