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Fox News reports that "Aldi is testing out selling pasta from dispensers where shoppers could in theory buy as much as they want in an effort to cut down on plastic and packaging … The supermarket will also sell rice in a similar fashion."

According to the story, "Under the budget supermarket’s new trial, being tested out in the U.K. to start, shoppers could buy refills of pasta or rice and pay by the weight. Shoppers will be given free, recyclable paper bags in the chain’s Cumbria, England location to browse through the offerings which will be officially named the 'Pasta and Rice refill station' …  Customers can browse through an assortment of pasta shapes like wholewheat fusilli, penne pasta, basmati rice and others. The aim, the store says, is to remove more than 21 million pieces of packaging from stores annually."

KC's View:

Isn't this the bulk department of old?

Amazing what passes for new-and-innovative these days.

That said, anything we can do as a culture to cut down on packaging makes sense.  Even if it means embracing programs from decades ago.