Aldi trials plastic-free packaging for bananas

Aldi trials plastic-free packaging for bananas

Sustainability

Aldi has launched a trial to remove plastic packaging from bananas in select stores across the North East, Yorkshire, the South West, the South East, and the Midlands.

The trial involves replacing the traditional plastic bags with a paper band on specific lines, including Nature’s Pick five-pack, midi bananas, and Organic six-pack bananas.

If the trial proves successful, it is estimated that this change could eliminate approximately 234 tonnes of plastic packaging annually. This initiative is part of Aldi's broader efforts to reduce plastic and packaging waste.

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Luke Emery, Plastics and Packaging Director at Aldi, said: At Aldi, we know how important reducing plastic is to our customers, colleagues and the future of the planet. We are constantly reviewing ways we can do this, and our latest trial on bananas is another great step on that journey.

In addition to the banana packaging trial, Aldi is also implementing other packaging reduction measures. The supermarket is introducing thinner bags for onions, which is expected to save 13 tonnes of plastic each year. Additionally, Aldi is transitioning from non-recyclable packaging to a paper-based alternative for its Specially Selected West Country and Yorkshire block butter. This change will make the packaging recyclable at home and remove over 10 tonnes of non-recyclable packaging from circulation annually.

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