‘Big move’: Aldi set to trial new food packaging from today – and it’s fully recyclable

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Aldi has made huge changes over the years to reduce its plastic packaging usage and become more eco-friendly. The supermarket has been carbon-neutral since 2019 and is on track to meet its targets including reducing its plastic usage.

Store purchased sandwiches, which come in a cardboard box with a thin plastic sheet covering the sandwich, which cannot be recycled.

Some supermarkets, including Aldi now offer a soft plastic recycling scheme, for items such as bread and salad bags, the plastic film on sandwiches still ends up in landfill.

To help this, Aldi is introducing  fully recyclable sandwich packaging as part of a trial with its supplier Greencore.

The discount supermarket said it would be trialled on two sandwich products across a number of stores from this month.

If the initiative is introduced across all Aldi sandwiches, the move would see 23.8 million pieces of unrecylabe plastic removed each year as well as 29.8 tonnes of single-use plastic.

Instead of being packaged with a small plastic film, the discount supermarket’s sandwich box will be made from fully recyclable cardboard with a paper-lined film, rather than the plastic equivalent.

Aldi has said the new packaging does now impact shelf life.

Richard Gorman, Plastics and Packaging Director at Aldi UK, said: “We are looking at every product we sell to see if there are ways we can remove plastic packaging or replace it with recyclable alternatives.

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“The new sandwich packaging maintains the shelf life of the products, while allowing customers to easily recycle the packaging.

“Food to go 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 delighted with the move.

One person said: “Big from from Aldi, love to see them making changes.”

Another wrote: “Love Aldi sandwiches, they’re the best.”

“My concern is finding recyclable bins when I’m out and about but love to see the change,” tweeted a third.

Aldi has been working closely with its suppliers in recent months to develop other ways it can cut down on its plastic usage.

This includes the removal of single-use plastic from all of its own-brand 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 contain no plastic whatsoever.

“The changes we’ve made to our tea range will help us reduce our environmental impact and offer our customers even more environmentally-sustainable options when they shop at Aldi.”

Aldi also recently revealed it would be implementing fridge doors to all its new and newly refurbished supermarkets to help save energy.

The new fridges will help to reduce each store’s energy consumption by around 20 percent, 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 as well as make changes to become more eco-friendly.

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