This week Aldi and Albert Heijn supermarkets announced that they will stop offering free plastic bags for fruit and vegetables, instead of plastic bags they will offer more sustainable alternatives.
AH starts this at 20 shops on Monday with the hope that by the end of the year all 1,000 branches will be out of plastic bags. Starting on Monday, AH decided to replace plastic bags with nylon bags, which will cost 30 cents. An AH spokesman told NU.nl that Nylon bags are already on sale, but we made them bigger since the old ones could barely have five apples.
Aldi, on the other hand, found another solution. Instead of using plastic bags for fruits and vegetables, they will use bio-based bags, which are made of more sustainable materials. Aldi is not banning plastic bags completely, they are asking customers to pay one cent per bag. Aldi has already 500 shops around the Netherlands, and they said that they will use the last of their stock before switching to better alternatives.
Jumbo, PLUS, and Lidl are offering better alternatives as well
According to the news website, Jumbo, which has 672 shops in the Netherlands, and PLUS 270 supermarkets, are also looking for better alternatives, but for now, they are offering paper bags for shoppers.
With 20 shops, Lidl was the first one to replace plastic bags with better alternatives, the bags are called Lidl Green Bag, which was introduced in 2018. A Lidl spokesman said that using plastic bags is not always necessary, in that way we protect the environment.