ALDI today announces the national phase out of its reusable 15c plastic bag and the introduction of a paper bag alternative, which is now available in all stores. The paper bags are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and 100 per cent kerbside recyclable.

This latest move offers customers a plastic-free option during their shop and will see more than 888 tonnes of plastic removed from circulation annually.

Daniel Baker, Sustainability Director at ALDI Australia said, “Aussies are continuing to make more conscious choices, and we want to continue meeting their needs. Ultimately, bringing your own bags every time you shop is the most sustainable option. We encourage customers to continue doing so, but when they can’t, our paper bags are now available. These may seem like small changes, but they all add up to making a big difference.”

While ALDI’s plastic bag was never single use, ALDI has always led the way when it comes to reducing plastics. Since opening its first store over 20 years ago, ALDI has never provided free-of-charge plastic carrier bags and made the decision to remove all single-use plastic tableware from shelves in 2020.

“In 2019, ALDI Australia also made a commitment towards a 25 per cent reduction in the use of plastic packaging by 2025. Since then, we have stopped around 4,000 tonnes of plastic from being introduced, and just by never having provided single-use carrier bags, we have saved an estimated 8.6 billion plastic bags from entering the market in the 22 years we’ve been operating in Australia,” Mr Baker said.

In addition to the paper bag, the more durable ‘Le Bag Recycle’, which contains 80 per cent recycled material, 60 per cent of which comes from ALDI warehouses, will remain available to customers. This provides an additional level of reusability for when shoppers need to restock bulky and heavy items. The remainder of ALDI’s 15c plastic bags will be available throughout stores over the next few months until sold out.

At the register, ALDI customers will now be able to choose from the following bag options:

  • The paper bag (25c), which is 100 per cent kerbside recyclable
  • The robust Le Bag Recycle (99c), made from 80 per cent recycled material (not available in WA)
  • Cooler bag ($2.49)

To find out more about ALDI Australia’s commitments to sustainability, check out the Good Planet page.