A SUPERMARKET is introducing compostable bags as part of a pioneering new trial that could help to save up to 1,300 tonnes of plastic each year in the UK.

From July, shoppers at Aldi’s 47 stores in the North-East will have more choice at the checkout with the option of a compostable carrier bag – available for 6p.

The new compostable bags are made of a bio-degradable material, called Bioplast, designed to be completely domestically compostable within 12 months.

At the end of the trial, the option most popular with customers will be selected to roll out across the UK and offered alongside Aldi’s other reusable bags.

Fritz Walleczek, managing director of corporate responsibly at Aldi, said: “Reducing the amount of plastic we produce is fundamental to our commitment to being a sustainable and environmentally responsible business. This trial will enable us to work with shoppers in the North-East to identify what works for them so that we can find the best long-term solution.

“Cutting waste is part of Aldi’s DNA and we are constantly looking for new ways to reduce our environmental impact. This new trial is one of the biggest we have ever launched, we want our customers to help us make the right decision for them and the environment."

The trial is part of Aldi’s efforts to cut plastic across all of its UK stores.