Aldi is launching a new food packaging trial today, and it’s 100% recyclable.
DISCOUNT From this month, retailer Aldi will begin a trial of 100% recyclable sandwich packaging. If the packaging is successful, it may be used in more stores.
Aldi has made significant improvements over the years to limit its use of plastic packaging and become more environmentally conscious. Since 2019, the supermarket has been carbon-neutral, and it is on course to reach its goals, which include lowering its use of plastic.
Sandwiches bought in a store come in a cardboard box with a thin plastic sheet covering the sandwich that can’t be recycled.
Although some stores, such as Aldi, now have a soft plastic recycling program for things like bread and salad bags, the plastic film on sandwiches is still discarded.
As part of a trial with its supplier Greencore, Aldi is launching 100% recyclable sandwich packaging.
From this month, two sandwich products will be trialed across a variety of outlets, according to the budget grocer.
If the effort is implemented throughout all Aldi sandwiches, it will result in the removal of 23.8 million pieces of non-recyclable plastic and 29.8 tonnes of single-use plastic each year.
Instead of a tiny plastic film, the sandwich box at the budget store will be constructed of entirely recyclable cardboard with a paper-lined film, rather than the plastic equivalent.
According to Aldi, the new packaging has no effect on shelf life.
“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,” said Richard Gorman, Plastics and Packaging Director at Aldi UK.
“The new sandwich packaging extends the shelf life of the products while making it simple for customers to recycle.
“Food to go is one of our most popular categories, and we are convinced that our customers will appreciate this initiative.”
Customers were ecstatic with the relocation, taking to social media to express their gratitude.
“Big from Aldi, nice to see them making changes,” one customer said.
“Love Aldi sandwiches, they’re the best,” wrote another.
A third said, “My issue is finding recyclable containers when I’m out and about, but I love to see the improvement.”
In recent months, Aldi has been working closely with its suppliers to find new ways to reduce its use of plastic.
This includes all of its own-brand tea bags being free of single-use plastic. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”