Aldi takes next steps towards eco-friendly checkout

Paper or Plastic? Aldi Says ‘No’ to Both in Germany

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Following in the footsteps of some of their competition, Aldi in Germany is gearing up to make grocery shopping even more eco-friendly by doing away with the tradition paper or plastic bag options, but shoppers shouldn’t worry about going bagless as the discount grocer will have them covered with a new sustainable option.

New sustainable Aldi bags

Before the end of 2017, both Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd have said they will completely phase out their current bag lineup for a single multipurpose bag, that while still being made of plastic, offers up durability that ensures it will be used multiple times instead of ending up in a landfill.

Questioned about the need to do away with the easily recycled paper bag option, a spokesman from Aldi Süd noted that their production requires a large amount of energy and water, and when combined with its one-time use, the impact on the environment is worse than their new sustainable bags.

A similar rollout to international stores has not been announced, but depending on how well the transition goes, U.S. stores may see some of the new bags get slowly introduced to the limited mix of options at the checkout.

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Sources: Aldi

Photo: Max Noisa [Flickr]

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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