Aldi has launched a trial selling its first packaging-free products that could be rolled out across the UK if it's successful.

The trial sees four household staples available to buy loose in store, with the aim of helping customers shop more sustainably.

The move could remove more than 130 tonnes – or more than 21 million pieces – of plastic annually from stores.

The products included are basmati rice, brown rice, penne pasta and wholewheat fusilli.

These products are available by weight, and Aldi will provide customers with free paper bags that are fully recyclable and made of FSC-certified material.

Richard Gorman, Plastics and Packaging director at Aldi, said: “Customers at our Ulverston store can now buy the same high-quality items they know and love, while also cutting down on plastic packaging.

“We’re always looking for new ways to reduce waste plastic and limit packaging, as many of our shoppers are increasingly conscious of the environment and their impact on it.

“We hope local customers embrace the trial and we will use their feedback to inform any future plans around refillable products.”

In 2020, Aldi announced its commitment to halve the volume of plastic packaging it uses by 2025. This will see it remove 74,000 tonnes of plastic packaging from products over the next five years.

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The supermarket, which has been carbon neutral since January 2019, is also on track to have all own-label products as recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022, and branded products sold at Aldi by 2025.

The trail is currently available at one store in Ulverston, Cumbria, but if it is successful Aldi says it will look to develop its refillable options in other stores in the future.