Budget supermarket Aldi UK is piloting removing plastic packaging from its banana products at select stores across the country.

The pilot has been launched at stores in the English North East, South West, South East, and Midlands. 

Aldi has switched to paper band alternatives from traditional plastic bags for selected lines such as its Nature’s Pick five-pack, midi bananas, and Organic six-pack. 

If the trial proves to be successful, the retailer anticipates the removal of approximately 234 tonnes (t) of plastic packaging annually. 

Aldi plastics and packaging director Luke Emery said: “At Aldi, we know how important reducing plastic is to our customers, colleagues and the future of the planet. We are constantly reviewing ways we can do this, and our latest trial on bananas is another great step on that journey.” 

The trial is part of Aldi’s overarching efforts to reduce plastic and packaging waste across its business, which has included several other initiatives. 

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Specifically, the retailer has introduced thinner bags for onions, which is expected to save 13t of plastic each year. 

Aldi, which claims to be the fourth-largest supermarket chain in the UK, is also transitioning to a recyclable paper-based wrap for its Specially Selected West Country and Yorkshire block butter. 

Last month, the supermarket chain transitioned to 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate packaging for its own-brand washing-up liquid, which is forecast to result in an additional annual saving of 106t of plastic.