Aldi to open eco concept store

Aldi has announced plans to open a new eco concept store in Leamington Spa.

The UK store has been designed to reduce carbon consumption, with sustainable building materials and design changes which the budget retailer says could reduce life-cycle carbon emissions by “up to two-thirds”.

The company said the new store aims to make it easier for shoppers to reduce, reuse, and recycle packaging and products with a set of plastic-reduction initiatives being trialled at the location.

Aldi added that if initiatives at the store are successful, it will roll these out across other supermarkets.

“Now more than ever, we must do our bit for the environment and this store offers us the ability to easily explore new in-store initiatives and low carbon store designs,” said Giles Hurley, chief executive, Aldi UK and Ireland. “We are committed to reducing our environmental impact in any way we can and are continuing to explore new initiatives all the time.”

Hurley added: “What’s even better is that many of the changes made to this store, whether it be the energy-saving initiatives or our latest packaging-free trial, could allow us to put even more money back into the pockets of our customers. We’re focusing on continuing to deliver our longstanding price promise by offering the lowest possible prices in Britain, every single day.”

The store will include a hard to recycle unite which will allow customers to recycle items which are not collected by local authorities, as well as a nuts and coffee refill fixture.

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