In Brief: ALDI to start charging 1 cent for produce plastic bags, and more headlines

ALDI’s move to start charging one cent for customers to bag their produce in plastic has been called “insufficient” by the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (Environmental Action Germany). Also, Federal Health Minister says gay "conversion therapy" makes people sick and is not healthy.

Photo by Francesca Ferrauto


The discounter ALDI has announced customers will soon pay one cent if they want to bag their produce in plastic. The cost is meant to be symbolic – one more step in their ongoing efforts to reduce plastic waste.

But the move has been criticized as being insufficient by the Deutsche Umwelthilfe, known in English as Environmental Action Germany. In a statement, Deutsche Umwelthilfe’s Barbara Metz said if ALDI was serious about environmental protection, the disposable bags should cost at least 22 cents.

Both ALDI Nord and ALDI SÜD announced last summer that they were aiming to use 30% less plastic in the packaging of their own products by 2025.

The one cent plastic bags for produce will be made from renewable raw materials. ALDI will also start selling reusable net bags.


Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn wants to make a law banning so-called gay “conversion therapy.” He said on Tuesday homosexuality is not a disease and therefore does not require treatment.  

He also spoke to the role parents and society needs to take in combating this kind of thinking.

“We have to convince parents to accept their children as they are,” Spahn said. “And we have to take away the worries from young people – that there’s something they should be ashamed of.”

He also said it should be made clear to the general public that these so-called conversion therapies make people sick and are not healthy.

Spahn cited studies on the subject, where some experts found that a ban was both necessary and legally sound.

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