The new reusable drawstring bag being introduced at Aldi's store in Lichfield

A Lichfield supermarket has broken new ground for a national retailer by becoming the first to scrap single-use plastic bags for loose fruit and veg.

Aldi has confirmed the city store will be the first to make the move to introduce reusable drawstring bags instead.

The company says it hopes shoppers will be encouraged to bring their own bags or use the 25p alternative made from recycled bottles.

It will be trialled in 100 stores initially with a view to a national roll-out which bosses say could remove around 109 tonnes of plastic from circulation every year.

If rolled out nationwide, scrapping single-use plastic bags will remove the equivalent of approximately 109 tonnes of plastic from circulation each year. 

Fritz Walleczek, managing director of corporate responsibility at Aldi, said:

“We are determined to drastically cut single-use plastic, and evolving our approach to the sale and distribution of bags is an important step forward.

“We’ve charged for carrier bags since opening our first UK store in 1990, so our shoppers are already in the habit of reusing them, but these steps will hopefully help people switch to entirely reusable alternatives.”

Fritz Walleczek, Aldi

Aldi is also putting the price of its flexi-loop ‘bags for life’ up from 9p to 15p from 24th February to encourage shoppers to reuse them.

Bosses say money raised from the price increase will be reinvested in future packaging reduction projects.


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9 replies on “Lichfield supermarket to axe single-use plastic bags for fresh fruit and veg”

  1. But Aldi must use tonnes of plastic as most vegetables are in plastic bags ie potatoes try buying one potato at Aldi you have to buy a bag of a kilo or more

  2. Today shopping, the man in front of me at the checkout had placed all of his vegetables without any packaging whatsoever, naked veg, on the conveyer belt. There were his veg, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes amongst others all laid out together. I said that is such a good thing you have done. Chosen not to use the plastic bags, the only bags provided. It was truly heartwarming to see. A man of action he was such a humble human being. A true warrior.

  3. It would be interesting to swab the checkout conveyor for the presence of E Coli 0157; there’s a theoretical risk that the bacteria could be transferred from unwashed vegetables to the conveyor, which could then cross contaminate other food items and packaging placed on the conveyor. Paper bags, like greengrocers used to provide, would alleviate the issue, although the profit margin for Aldi would be a lot lower then their reusable drawstring bags.

  4. Adam I think you will find the verge have been washed by the wholesaler if the hadn’t your spuds,carrots etc would be covered in earth . Plastic is the worst thing to put round root verge makes them go off quicker. Sell loose

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