In a significant move towards sustainability, Aldi, the popular discount grocery retailer with 2,300 stores across the U.S., has officially bid farewell to plastic shopping bags at checkout. This decision makes Aldi the first major retailer in the country to eliminate plastic bags. The company’s CEO, Jason Hart, emphasized their commitment to leading the industry in sustainability while ensuring customers don’t have to choose between responsible shopping and saving money. This transition benefits the environment and reduces costs, allowing Aldi to pass on those savings to shoppers.
Aldi is also taking further steps to support a healthier planet by pledging to use natural refrigerants in all its U.S. stores by 2035. More than 600 stores have already adopted eco-friendly refrigerants, saving nearly 60 percent of potential carbon emissions annually.
So, why is Aldi getting rid of plastic shopping bags? The decision aims to prevent almost 4,400 tons or nearly 9 million pounds of plastic from entering circulation each year. To promote reusable alternatives, Aldi offers cloth bags for purchase and continues selling them to customers who forget their reusable ones.
This move by Aldi aligns with a broader trend in the retail industry, as other major players like Walmart, Stop & Shop, and Wegmans have also taken steps to eliminate single-use plastic bags, opting for reusable and more environmentally friendly options……….[read more]
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