Aldi’s Nottinghamshire stores will be introducing compostable bags as part of a pioneering new trial that could help to save up to 1,300 tonnes of plastic each year in the UK.
From July, shoppers at Aldi’s 19 stores in Nottinghamshire will have more choice at the checkout with the option of a compostable carrier bag, available for 6p.
The new compostable bags are made of a biodegradable material, called Bioplast, designed to be completely domestically compostable within 12 months.
At the end of the trial, the option most popular with customers will be selected to roll out across the UK and offered alongside Aldi’s other reusable bags.
Aldi expects that a significant amount of plastic will be saved when the successful trial rolls out nationally. The bag that is introduced across all stores could help to save up to 1,300 tonnes per year, which is the equivalent of 33.3 million carrier bags.
Later this summer, customers in Nottinghamshire will also be able to choose from even more sustainable options when the supermarket launches two further bags which include a new reusable bag made entirely from Aldi back of store waste, as well as a reusable cotton alternative.
Fritz Walleczek, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibly at Aldi, said: “Reducing the amount of plastic we produce is fundamental to our commitment to being a sustainable and environmentally responsible business. This trial will enable us to work with shoppers in Nottinghamshire to identify what works for them so that we can find the best long-term solution.”
“Cutting waste is part of Aldi’s DNA and we are constantly looking for new ways to reduce our environmental impact. This new trial is one of the biggest we have ever launched because we want our customers in to be involved and help us make the right decision for them and the environment.”
The trial in Nottinghamshire is part of Aldi’s wider efforts to cut plastic across all of its UK stores. Alongside the trial, the supermarket has also set out two new plastic and packaging pledges, which have been added to its 10 original pledges unveiled last year. The latest pledges are to:
- Aim to remove difficult to recycle packaging including expanded polystyrene, PVC and non-detectable black plastic from its core food range by the end of 2020.
- Aim to reduce plastic packaging by 25% by the end of 2023.