Aldi Introduces 100% Home Compostable Bags for Irish Rooster Potatoes
Aldi Ireland has announced that it is currently trialing 100% home compostable bags across its 1kg Irish Rooster Potato range. If successful, the new packaging would help remove five tons of non-recyclable plastic packaging from stores each year, a change which would impact more than a million bags of potatoes annually, the discounter said.
Aldi said that it has been working with two of its Irish suppliers – Keogh’s Potatoes and Iverk Produce – over the past year to introduce the new eco-friendly packaging across all its 143 Irish stores.
The new packaging is made from a blend of compostable materials, meaning customers can place the packaging in their compost heap at home instead of having to put it in the brown bin to be sent to an industrial composting facility, the retailer explained.
John Curtin, Aldi group buying director, said: “Customers can place the bags on their compost heap at home once they are finished with them, to be broken down and used again in the garden. The bags can also be placed into the compost bin, which in turn will be collected by the local waste collection company and broken down at their composting facility,” he added.
The trial is part of Aldi’s long-term plastic reduction program, which aims to ensure 100% of its own-label packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2022.