Grocery Chain Aldi Unveils Sweeping Measures to Slash Plastics Waste

Connector Spring 2018

In place of carrier bags, the UK’s fastest growing supermarket will offer customers bags for life as reusable 9p bags made from back-of-store plastic waste.

A new taskforce of internal and independent experts has been set up to help Aldi drive innovation in packaging, the company confirmed.

Aldi has also given its backing to a national deposit return scheme for plastic bottles. It will assess the feasibility of how such a scheme could be implemented.

Aldi UK’s chief executive Matthew Barnes said the chain was committed to bringing its customers along the journey in its ambition to lead the industry on plastic waste reduction.

“Our customers trust us not only to offer them high-quality products at unbeatable prices, but to help them lead healthier, better lives,” Barnes said. “That includes reducing waste, particularly around unnecessary packaging and plastics that damage the environment we live in.”