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Aldi trials plastic packaging free vegetables in Scotland stores
From: Packaging News

Aldi has begun a six-week trial to stock plastic packaging free cabbages and cauliflowers, estimated to save half a tonne of plastic in Scotland.

The trial focuses on five veg lines: savoy cabbage, red cabbage, white cabbage, pointed cabbage and cauliflower.

If the scheme is implemented across the UK, the initiative would remove more than 110 tonnes of plastic wrapping a year from Aldi’s fresh produce lines.

This trial follows the supermarket’s decision to phase out hard-to-recycle black plastic trays on four fresh produce lines, replacing them with clear, recyclable alternatives last year.

Fritz Walleczek, managing director of corporate responsibility at Aldi UK, said: “We’re working hard to reduce plastic, but we also need to ensure that reducing packaging doesn’t lead to unnecessary food waste. We’re hoping the outcome of this trial will be positive, and something that we can roll out across the rest of the UK.”

Since March 2018, Aldi said it has replaced more than 2,500 tonnes of plastic across its range with recyclable alternatives, and the supermarket is working to achieve 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging across its own-brand products by 2022.

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