A major change is coming to ALDI supermarkets that will see some everyday products stripped from shelves.
ALDI has announced a plan to cut a quarter of all plastic packaging from its range by 2025.
The supermarket giant will also remove problematic single-use plastics such as straws, plastic disposable tableware and plastic stemmed cotton buds from stores by 2020.
Plastic packaging will be reduced on its fresh produce range and packaging of ALDI’s exclusive brands will be 100 per cent recyclable, reusable or compostable by the end of 2025.
“The above commitments will reduce ALDI’s reliance on plastic packaging, consequently leading to the reduction of waste going to landfill,” the supermarket said in a statement.
Australian Packaging Covenant chief executive Brooke Donnelly applauded the bold move.
“[The announcement] demonstrates that sustainable packaging isn’t just good for the environment; it also makes good business sense and can drive a range of positive commercial benefits,” she said in a statement.
“It’s particularly impressive to see the process ALDI has undertaken to involve their suppliers; effectively bringing a range of businesses along on their sustainable packaging journey and delivering an efficient, cost effective approach to the entire supply chain.”
ALDI has never offered single-use plastic bags, a decision that has prevented 40,000 tonnes of plastic from entering the environment in the past 18 years.
Woolworths and Coles banned single-use plastic bags last year.
Fury over plastic collectable promotions
The supermarket’s announcement comes as competitors Coles and Woolworths are being slammed over their new plastic collectable promotions.
Coles Little Shop 2 and Woolworths’ Lion King Ooshies launched on Wednesday, coinciding with Plastic-Free July.
“We need to change our habits, adding more unnecessary plastic items to landfill for the sake of a novelty is just selfish and careless,” one said.
Coles told Yahoo News Australia its mini collectables were designed for customers to keep and not dispose of and shoppers could choose whether they wanted to collect or not.
“The Little Shop campaign only runs for a limited time and customers are able to recycle the wrappers at their nearest store through our in-store REDCycle program,” a spokesperson said.
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