September 29, 2020
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Green shoots: Two Waterford stores chosen for new reusable fruit and vegetable bags trial

Two Waterford stores will be among the first in Ireland to take part in trialing new reusable fruit and vegetable bags made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.

The Aldi stores in Dungarvan and Ardkeen in Waterford City are among ten chosen nationally to try out the new style resuable mesh bags, which will be available for a four week period from tomorrow. The store in Carrick-on Suir is also part of the trial.

Aldi say the bags, which cost 49c each are: “Sturdy, breathable and washable” and  “are ideal for buying, carrying and storing fresh fruit and vegetables, including heavy or bulky items.

“Each bag purchased will benefit the environment in a tangible way, helping to keep more plastic bottles out of landfill and further reducing people’s need for single-use plastic bags,” the German supermarket giant said.

At present, Aldi is in the process of removing 10 million single-use produce bags from circulation throughout its store network, replacing these with domestically compostable bags made from pasted corn starch.

This move is the latest step towards Aldi’s overall plastic reduction programme, which aims to reduce plastic packaging by 50% by 2025 and have 50% of plastic packaging to be made of recycled content by 2025. So far, Aldi has removed over 600 tonnes of plastic from its Core range.

Aldi employs over 4,000 people and operates a network of 142 stores across the country.

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