‘I don’t like it’: Aldi makes major change to all its new supermarkets – customers divided

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Aldi has taken many steps in reducing its plastic packaging use as well as reducing its carbon emissions. In its latest bid to help reduce energy consumption, the discount supermarket has said it will be implementing fridge doors to all its new and newly refurbished supermarkets.

Following its successful trial, the change will help save the equivalent of over 2,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year.

The new fridges will also help to reduce each store’s energy consumption by approximately 20 percent, saving up to 20 tonnes per store each year.

Aldi has been carbon neutral since 2019 and has already reduced its carbon footprint by more than 55 percent since 2012 through a number of sustainability initiatives.

This includes using solar panels and switching to 100 percent green electricity.

Mary Dunn, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility at Aldi UK, said: “We are always looking for new ways to minimise our carbon footprint, which is why all our stores already use 100 percent renewable electricity, and our new stores also utilise natural refrigerants and feature efficient LED lighting.

“Introducing fridge doors is another step on that journey to reduce our energy consumption and we hope that customers can enjoy the new, more sustainable shopping experience.”

Customers took to social media to share their thoughts on the new fridge doors.

One person said: “The fridge doors block everyone in the aisle and I don’t like having to touch all the handles.”

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Another wrote: “The fridge doors look nice but not sure how practical it is at the moment, having to touch all the handles.”

One shopper said: “I don’t like it either, no room to move when everyone is looking in the fridges. Should have widened the aisle to accommodate.”

“Really bad layout now, having to use doors other people touched and they’re in the first aisle too, making it really hard to social distance. It felt like there were way more people in store,” added another.

“You touch the baskets and trolleys so an extra door handle won’t make much difference,” commented another customer.

Others were impressed with Aldi’s move, with one customer explaining: “This needs to be rolled out into all stores.”

Another shopper said: “Glad this has been introduced, meat will stay so much fresher.”

A third explained: “Aldi following in Lidl’s footsteps I see, other supermarkets need to take note.”

As well as helping to reduce its carbon footprint, Aldi has also significantly cut down its plastic packaging use in the last year.

Coming in September, the retailer will start selling rice and pasta completely free of packaging. 

The food, which will be available in different varieties, will be stored in large glass dispensers.

Customers will then be encouraged to fill their own containers with the food before weighing them to see how much it’ll cost.

It follows in the footsteps of bigger supermarkets including Asda, Waitrose, and Marks and Spencer.

Asda opened its “sustainability store” last year, selling branded products such as washing detergent in dispensers.

Marks and Spencer also has its ‘Fill Your Own’ aisles in 11 of its food stores across the country with hopes to expand in the future.

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