Aldi, the UK’s fastest-growing supermarket*, is trialling selling cabbages and cauliflowers without any plastic packaging in Scotland.
The trial, which is now underway, focuses on five veg lines: savoy cabbage, red cabbage, white cabbage, pointed cabbage and cauliflower.
Customers will now be able to buy these vegetables plastic-free, and the six-week trial is estimated to save half a tonne of plastic. If rolled out across the UK, the initiative would remove more than 110 tonnes of plastic wrapping a year from Aldi’s fresh produce lines.
This trial follows the supermarket’s decision to phase out hard-to-recycle black plastic trays on four fresh produce lines, replacing them with clear, recyclable alternatives last year.
Fritz Walleczek, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility at Aldi UK, said: “We’re working hard to reduce plastic, but we also need to ensure that reducing packaging doesn’t lead to unnecessary food waste. We’re hoping the outcome of this trial will be positive, and something that we can roll out across the rest of the UK.”
Since March 2018, Aldi has replaced more than 2,500 tonnes of plastic across its range with recyclable alternatives, and the supermarket is working to achieve 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging across its own-brand products by 2022.
*Kantar data, 12 weeks to 24th February