Peterhead's Aldi in reusable bags trial

From the end of November, the Peterhead store will offer the bags as a more sustainable alternative to single-use plastic.
From the end of November, the Peterhead store will offer the bags as a more sustainable alternative to single-use plastic.

Aldi in Peterhead is one of six stores across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to trial reusable bags for loose fruit and veg in an effort to cut single-use plastics.

From the end of November, the Peterhead store will offer the bags as a more sustainable alternative to single-use plastic.

The drawstring bags are made from recycled plastic bottles and will be sold for 25 pence each.

This is the supermarket’s latest step to reduce unnecessary plastic as it works towards reducing plastic packaging by 25 per cent by the end of 2023.

If introduced nationally, the initiative will remove the equivalent of 113 tonnes of single-use plastic from circulation each year.

Fritz Walleczek, managing director of corporate responsibility at Aldi, said: “We are committed to cutting the amount of plastic that Aldi and our customers use, particularly excess or single-use plastic like produce bags.

“We are hopeful that our customers across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire will embrace these new reusable produce bags whenever they’re buying loose fruit and veg and, together, we will be able to take more than 100 tonnes of plastic a year out of circulation.”

Earlier this year, Aldi trialled selling cabbages and cauliflowers without any plastic packaging in its stores.