Aldi is claiming a UK supermarket first with the launch of a freezer bag it says is 100% recyclable.
The 99p ‘eco’ freezer bags are 95% polyethylene and 5% seafood shell waste. They are treated with an antimicrobial agent that inhibits the growth of common types of bacteria and mould, according to Aldi, and can be recycled by returning to stores.
The bags are to be trialled from next week in over 230 stores in parts of the East Midlands, Yorkshire, the north east, north west and south east of England.
If successful, they would be rolled out to all 900 Aldi UK stores, the discounter said.
“It’s more important than ever to strike a balance between reducing single-use plastic and maintaining food hygiene,” said Aldi UK plastics and packaging director Chris McKenry.
“Thanks to its antimicrobial qualities, this recyclable freezer bag enables us to continue on our mission to eradicate unnecessary non-recyclable materials while also offering customers a more hygienic way of storing and transporting food.
“Our promise to always offer quality at unbeatable prices goes beyond just great food – it’s about catering to the needs of our customers in every way we can, and a rapidly growing number of those who shop with us want to do so sustainably without breaking the bank.”
Aldi is working towards 100% of its own label packaging being reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2022, and the same for brands by 2025.