Aldi announces major change in pasta and rice products Brighton News

Aldi has launched a trial sale of its first products without packaging to help customers buy more sustainably.

The trial is available at a store in Ulverston, Cumbria, but if successful, Aldi will look to expand its refillable options at other stores in the future.

Four staples – basmati rice, brown rice, penne pasta and whole wheat fusilli – are available for sale in bulk in stores.

The move could remove more than 130 tonnes – or more than 21 million pieces – of plastic per year from stores.

The Argus: Aldi will look to expand its rechargeable options in other stores in the future.  (Aldi)Aldi will look to expand its rechargeable options in other stores in the future. (Aldi)

Products are available by weight and Aldi will provide customers with free paper bags that are fully recyclable and made from FSC certified materials.

Richard Gorman, Director of Plastics and Packaging at Aldi, said: “Customers at our Ulverston store can now purchase the same high-quality items they know and love, while reducing plastic packaging.

“We are always looking for new ways to reduce plastic waste and limit packaging, as many of our buyers are increasingly aware of the environment and its impact on it.

“We hope that local customers will embrace the trial and we will use their feedback to inform future plans for refillable products.”

In 2020, Aldi announced its ambitious new commitment to halve the volume of plastic packaging used by 2025. This will enable it to remove 74,000 tonnes of plastic packaging from products over the next five years.

The supermarket, which has been carbon neutral since January 2019, is also on track to have all private label products as recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022, and branded products sold at Aldi by 2025.

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This notice was published: 2021-04-15 08:19:43