Aldi confirms major change in food packaging in war on waste
Aldi is removing all shrink wrap from its multi-packs of baked beans as part of plans to reduce its carbon footprint. Supermarket charges 99p for its pack of four Corale Baked Beans
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Aldi has announced that it is removing all shrink wrap from its baked bean multipacks as part of plans to reduce its carbon footprint.
The move will save 78 tonnes of single-use plastic from going to landfill each year, the supermarket said.
Aldi charges 99p for its pack of four Corale Baked Beans.
The budget supermarket will also test removing the outer plastic wrap from its sweet corn mini packs in a number of stores this summer.
If successful, it will remove an additional 24 tonnes of plastic from circulation per year.
Aldi has pledged to halve the volume of plastic packaging it uses by 2025. This will see the supermarket remove 74,000 tonnes of plastic from circulation.
Richard Gorman, director of plastics and packaging at Aldi, said: “Removing unnecessary plastic from our bean multipack is another step forward in our commitment to reducing plastic in our ranges.
“We know it’s becoming increasingly important to our customers that their everyday products are environmentally friendly, and we’re delighted that this decision is helping them shop more sustainably.”
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Its latest bid against plastic comes after Aldi confirmed it was testing the removal of all plastic trays from its whole fresh chickens.
Instead, the birds are shrink-wrapped, which will reduce the amount of plastic used by an average of 66% and eliminate 116 tonnes of plastic per year if successful.
The supermarket has also removed single-use plastic from all own-brand tea bags, as well as plastic egg cartons and plastic straws from all own-brand drink cartons.
Aldi has over 950 stores in the UK and around 38,000 employees. Use its store finder to find your nearest Aldi.
In other news from Aldi, the supermarket is finally bringing back its hanging egg chair online and in select stores just in time for the heatwave.
Back by huge demand, the affordable £189.99 chair is perfect for anyone looking to give their garden a stylish upgrade ahead of those outdoor gatherings.
The much-loved outdoor seat sold out shortly after its release last month, leaving many eager buyers disappointed.
Not only is it back, but this time there’s an option that also includes a weatherproof cover.
It’s a little more expensive, at £199.99, but it means your egg chair will be protected all year round.
If you can’t get it online, Aldi has also launched the popular chair in stores, giving shoppers a second chance to bag the chair cheap.