Aldi has announced plans to discard its plastic bags and replace them with biodegradable and paper ones in stores across the UK as part of a trial.
The German discounter said half of its stores will offer paper bags while the other half will offer compostable carrier bags from July.
Once the trial ends, the most popular choice of bags will be selected as Aldi’s permanent shopping bags across all UK stores.
Aldi’s new compostable bags are made of a bio-degradable material and are designed to be 100 per cent domestically compostable within 12 months.
“Reducing the amount of plastic we produce is fundamental to our commitment to being a sustainable and environmentally responsible business,” Aldi managing director of corporate responsibly, Fritz Walleczek said.
“This trial will identify the option which best suits our shoppers. 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 to be involved and help us make the right decision for them and the environment,” he said.
Aldi has pledged to cut down on its plastic packaging by 25 per cent by the end of 2023.
Just recently, Big 4 grocer Sainsbury’s announced it’s due to become the UK’s first supermarket to ditch plastic bags for its loose fruit, veg and bakery products.
The supermarket said it will replace plastic bags with paper ones from this September.