Aldi Replacing 12.5 Million Single-use Plastic Bags With Compostable Bags


Aldi with all 139 of its stores in Ireland will have three new eco-friendly bag options in place of single-use plastic bags, starting from January 2020. It is planned to replace 12.5 million plastic bags with compostable options every year.

The replacement will include three new bags:

–          Aldi Reusable Shopping Bags,

–          Loose produce bags, and

–          Reusable and recyclable Paper Bags for Life.

For fruits and vegetables are going to be used 100% compostable bags or Aldi Shopping Bags. Ten million of the 12.5 million bags will be loose produce bags, and the rest will be shopping bags.

Group Buying Director at Aldi Ireland, John Curtin stated:

“We are very proud to be the first retailer in Ireland to offer customers biodegradable and plastic-free alternatives to our entire produce and carrier bag range, including fruit and vegetable bags, standard carrier bags and Bags for Life.”

The compostable bags are made from pasted corn starch. They can be suitable for regular compost bins and can carry up to 12 kilograms.

The recyclable paper bags can carry up to 20 kilograms. They are made from FSC certified eco-friendly paper and printed with sustainable water inks.

At the begging of 2021, Aldi will not have more packaging that is hard to recycle from their core range of foods as well. Aldi already banned some kind of plastic packaging, like undetectable black plastic packaging, which is used for its fruit and vegetable. According to the evidence from Aldi, around 8.15 million non-recyclable black plastic trays are removed from stores annually.

Future Plans

Aldi pronounces that these bags are only the beginning and that it has a bigger target in sight: to reduce plastic packaging overall by 25% by the end of 2023.

The first step is the replacement of the plastic bags, which will be followed by the next Aldi’s goal to ensure that 100% of its label packaging will be recyclable, reusable, or compostable by the end of 2022.


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