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Aldi plastic bags will be phased out as from next year / Photo: T-Online

Aldi drops plastic shopping bags

For the sake of the environment, the customers of Germany’s popular discounter have to adapt themselves to an innovation. From 2018 there will no longer be plastic shopping bags at the check-out counter of Aldi’s supermarkets! In the future, Aldi will apply the “reusable” principle by selling only reusable bags.

Aldi goes even a step further than the competitors – Rewe, Penny and Real, which have also stopped using plastic bags, and banished also paper bags!

In the case of Aldi-Süd, it says: “At the latest by the end of 2018, we are going to abolish all disposables, not only for environmentally damaging plastic disposable bags, but also for the widely accepted paper variants. The production as well as the lower durability is not an environmentally-friendly alternative. “

Although there’s no nationwide ban on plastic bags in Germany, many companies have introduced measures to reduce the use of the lightweight plastic bags.

In November 2013, the European Commission adopted a proposal that requires its 28 Member States to reduce their use of lightweight plastic carrier bags, using whatever measures they like, including charges, national reduction targets or a total ban.

Vivian Asamoah



 

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