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Sydney woman campaigns to have Aldi ditch plastic bags for bananas

Sydney citizen Anita Horan has spent more than four long years waging a war against plastics. The environmental activist has been campaigning to have single-use plastic bags removed from the produce sections of our supermarkets and has long encouraged shoppers to ditch plastic and go “nude” when buying fruit and veg. And she’s finally had a monumental win.

Discount supermarket favourite Aldi has quietly pulled bags from their banana displays across the country – and while it may seem like a small victory, Ms Horan told it would have a huge impact.

She said she had been pushing for bags to be removed from “thick-skinned” produce like pineapples, grapefruits and rockmelons for years but had decided to focus on just one symbolic item – bananas.

Ms Horan said she hoped Aldi would follow up the move by erecting signs near the plastic-free banana sections to let customers know the reason behind the decision and to encourage them to reduce their plastic use.

Aldi has committed to actively reduce the amount of plastic packaging in its fresh produce range and transition to more sustainable alternatives where possible, providing no increase in food waste.

It will also phase out “problematic and unnecessary” single-use plastics by the end of 2020, including plastic straws, plastic disposable tableware and plastic stemmed cotton buds, and will prioritise the reduction or replacement of difficult to recycle black plastic packaging. The packaging of its exclusive brands will be reformulated to be 100 per cent recyclable, reusable or compostable by the end of 2025.

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