Aldi removes plastic straws from all own-label drinks cartons
The Aldi supermarket chain has removed plastic straws from all own-label drinks cartons.
The cartons now include a paper straw that is fully recyclable and made from FSC-certified cardboard.
Aldi said the move will result in 70 million plastic straws being taken out of circulation which will equate to more than 100 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic each year.
Richard Gorman, plastics and packaging director at Aldi UK, said: “Removing plastic straws from own-brand drinks cartons is another step in our journey to reducing plastic packaging across our products.
“Our customers want environmentally-friendly products, and plastic straws are one thing, in particular, that people want to move away from to help make a difference.”
Aldi has been introducing a number of packaging changes in recent months as it looks to halve the amount of plastic packaging it uses by the end of 2025. Other recent initiatives include the removal of plastic packaging from its entire egg range in England and Wales and switching plastic shrink-wrap on multipack soft drinks cans to cardboard.
The retailer said it is on track to have all product packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by the end of 2025.
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