News Aldi: Discounter to test new food packaging from today – “big step”
Aldi has made huge changes over the years to reduce its use of plastic packaging and become more environmentally friendly. The supermarket has been carbon neutral since 2019 and is on track to meet its goals, including reducing its use of plastic.
Store bought sandwiches, which come in a cardboard box with a thin sheet of plastic covering the sandwich, which cannot be recycled.
Some supermarkets, including Aldi, now have a flexible plastic recycling program, for items such as bread and salad bags, the plastic wrap from sandwiches always ends up in the landfill.
To achieve this, Aldi is introducing fully recyclable sandwich packaging as part of a trial with its supplier Greencore.
The discount supermarket said it will be tested on two sandwich products at a number of stores starting this month.
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“The new sandwich packaging maintains product shelf life, while allowing customers to easily recycle the packaging.
“Take out food is one of our most popular categories and we are confident this initiative will be well received by our customers. “
Taking to social media to share their thoughts, customers were thrilled with the move.
One person said, “Big from Aldi, I love to see them make changes.”
Another wrote: “I love Aldi sandwiches, they are the best. “
“My concern is finding recyclable trash cans when I’m on the go, but I love to see the change,” tweeted a third.
Aldi has worked closely with its suppliers in recent months to develop other ways to reduce its use of plastic.
This includes removing single-use plastic from all of its branded tea bags by the end of this year.
Mr Gorman said, “By the end of this year, all of our own-brand tea bags will be biodegradable and will be plastic-free.
“The changes we have made to our tea line will help us reduce our environmental impact and provide our customers with even more environmentally friendly options when shopping at Aldi. “
Aldi also recently revealed that it will be implementing refrigerator doors in all of its new and recently renovated supermarkets to help save energy.
The new refrigerators will help reduce the energy consumption of each store by about 20%, saving up to 20 tonnes per store each year.
Other supermarkets, including Sainsbury’s and Morrisons, have also taken huge steps to reduce plastic consumption and make changes to become more environmentally friendly.