Albert Heijn and ALDI say “no more plastic bags” for fruit and veg (finally!)

Bear in mind after we talked about Albert Heijn’s plans to ditch single-use plastic baggage for fruit and veggies a number of weeks in the past? Nicely, it’s lastly taking place.

The grocery store is banning free plastic baggage from all its shops. On Monday, single-use plastic baggage have been eliminated within the first 20 Albert Heijn places. 

The most important grocery store chain within the Netherlands needs free plastic baggage gone from all its (practically a thousand) shops by the tip of this 12 months, experiences NU.nl. 

What comes as a substitute?

Single-use plastic baggage will probably be changed with reusable nylon baggage. These will probably be given out at Albert Heijn shops at no cost this week. From subsequent week onwards, prospects can purchase them for 30 cents. 

ALDI — which has about 500 shops throughout the nation — will probably be becoming a member of Albert Heijn within the endeavour to scale back using plastic. The grocery store is changing free plastic baggage with bio-based ones.

The change will probably be gradual. “We first deplete the inventory of the previous plastic baggage,” says a spokesperson for ALDI. After that, customers will solely have the ability to purchase baggage created from extra sustainable supplies. These will value one cent per bag. 

What are different shops doing?

The Dutch grocery store PLUS sees free plastic baggage as a service to the shopper. Nonetheless, they do supply paper baggage in its place.

Jumbo provides customers the selection between free plastic baggage, reusable nylon baggage, or paper baggage in some shops. Lidl already launched its reusable nylon bag, referred to as the Lidl Inexperienced Bag, again in 2018.

However don’t go pondering that these plans to progressively take away single-use plastic baggage from Dutch supermarkets are going to avoid wasting the world simply but. Whereas all of them sound good, there’s a lot extra that supermarkets can do to scale back plastic consumption, meals waste, and extra.

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