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Aldi Ireland to trial fully recycles fresh produce bags

Aldi Ireland to trial fully recycles fresh produce bags

Date: 18 August 2020

Shoppers will have the option to purchase the reusable bags for €0.49 per bag. According to the retailer, the reusable bags will be displayed in store using a dedicated stand, which is also 100% recyclable and made from 30% recycled material. These cardboard stands will be placed next to the produce section, making it easier for customers to see when shopping in the fresh fruit and vegetable aisles.

The trial is taking place in the following Aldi stores: Ardkeen, Carrick-on-Suir, Castlebar, Castleisland, Dungarvan, Dunmanway, Limerick, Nenagh, Portumna and Wilton. Following the four-week trial, Aldi hopes to roll out the initiative across all its 142 Irish stores.

John Curtin, Aldi group buying director, commented: “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.

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.”

So far, Aldi has removed over 600 tonnes of plastic from its Core range.

Meanwhile, Said Pamela Joyce, manager of Aldi’s Castlebar store, said: “All the team here are delighted we were chosen to lead this new trial. Sustainable shopping is something we hear customers talking more and more about, and we’re looking forward to hearing any feedback our customers may have over the coming weeks.