Aldi today announced it will be trialling reusable fresh produce bags made from 100% recycled plastic bottles at 10 of its stores across Ireland.
From 10 August, customers at participating stores can purchase the reusable bags designed to hold fresh fruit and vegetables for €0.49 per bag.
The reusable bags will be displayed in store using a dedicated stand, which is also 100% recyclable and made from 30% recycled material, the retailer said.
These cardboard stands will be placed next to the produce sections of participating stores, it added.
“In the last year, we have completely overhauled Aldi’s range of shopping bags to introduce eco-friendly options that are compostable, reusable and recyclable where possible," said John Curtin, Aldi group buying director.
Plastic Reduction Programme
Aldi said that this move is the latest step towards the company's overall plastic reduction programme, which aims to reduce plastic packaging by 50% by 2025 and have 50% of plastic packaging to be made of recycled content by 2025.
So far, Aldi has removed over 600 tonnes of plastic from its Core range.
"It’s all part of Aldi’s ongoing work towards our goal of reducing plastic packaging by 50% by 2025 and we’re hopeful that customers will respond positively to the move,” he added.
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