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Aldi trials refill station

Wed 14 Apr 2021 | 03:25 pm GMT
Michelle Urquhart | Products of Change Writer

The refill station in the Ulverston store

Four household staples – basmati rice, brown rice, penne pasta and wholewheat fusilli – are available to buy loose in store at Ulverston, Cumbria, but if successful, will be rolled out to other stores. The move could remove more than 130 tonnes – or more than 21 million pieces – of plastic annually from stores. The products are available by weight, and Aldi will provide customers with free paper bags that are fully recyclable and made of FSC-certified material. Richard Gorman, plastics and packaging director at Aldi, said: “Customers at our Ulverston store can now buy the same high-quality items they know and love, while also cutting down on plastic packaging. We’re always looking for new ways to reduce waste plastic and limit packaging, as many of our shoppers are increasingly conscious of the environment and their impact on it. We hope local customers embrace the trial and we will use their feedback to inform any future plans around refillable products.” The move is one of many packaging changes Aldi has introduced as it looks to halve the amount of plastic packaging it uses by the end of 2025. Other recent initiatives include the removal of plastic packaging from its entire egg range in England and Wales and switching plastic shrink-wrap on multipack soft drinks cans to cardboard.
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