In September 2020, the discounter Aldi Süd introduced reusable bread bags in the baked goods sector. These are to replace paper bags with a window. The bag is made of sustainable cotton and meets the requirements of the “Grüner Knopf” seal.
In Germany – also against the background of the corona pandemic – more and more waste is accumulating in private households. For the year 2020, the German Association for Waste Management (DGAW) expects more than two million tons of additional household waste. In order to avoid plastic and paper waste, Aldi Süd has expanded its range of reusable fresh produce: Customers can now transport loose baked goods home in cloth bags made of organic cotton. The reusable bags have been available in the stores for EUR 0.99 since September 7, 2020. “The reusable network for our fruit and vegetables has already successfully established itself,” emphasizes Dr. Julia Adou, Director Corporate Responsibility at Aldi Süd. “Many customers in the baked goods sector also want a reusable alternative. We are now meeting this wish with the new fabric bags”.
Bags keep goods fresh
According to Aldi, the material of the bag is breathable. It therefore not only keeps baked goods fresh and crispy on the way home, but is also suitable for storing them. The bag can be washed at 30 degrees and, according to the company, meets the requirements of the “Global Organic Textile Standard” (GOTS) and the “Grüner Knopf”. The “Grüner Knopf” label was developed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in cooperation with the German Association for International Cooperation. It is intended to make sustainably produced textiles more easily recognizable as such.