Sandwiches will undergo dramatic changes at Aldi, Co-op, and Sainsbury’s.
Several British supermarkets have indicated that their sandwich selection will be drastically altered come autumn.
British supermarkets are lowering the amount of single-use plastic in their products in order to be more environmentally conscious. As a result, both national and worldwide plastic pollution will be reduced.
Aldi, Co-op, and Sainsbury’s are the latest supermarkets to pledge to reduce single-use plastic in order to help save the environment.
Supermarkets will test a strategy that could result in the removal of millions of pieces of non-recyclable plastic from items each year.
They plan to make all of their sandwiches recyclable.
Greencore, a supplier, has teamed with supermarkets to manufacture plastic-free sandwich packaging.
The packaging will be made entirely of paper and will include a plastic-free window.
From September, the new design will be available at select Aldi, Co-op, and Sainsbury’s stores across the UK.
If the pilot proves to be a success, the idea will be expanded to more retailers later this year.
The retailers worked with ProAmpac, a flexible packaging maker, to produce the new packaging, which took 18 months to build.
According to the findings, some customers have difficulty separating the outer packaging of a sandwich from the plastic film in order to recycle it.
Customers will be able to throw the entire skillet in the recycling bin without worrying about non-recyclable parts thanks to the redesigned packaging.
Greencore estimates that 600 million pre-packaged sandwiches are consumed in the UK each year.
This implies that millions of pounds of non-recyclable plastic are discarded each year.
Aldi estimates that if the measure is implemented across all of its own-brand sandwiches, it will save 23.8 million pieces of non-recyclable plastic and 29.8 tonnes of single-use plastic each year.
“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, the discount retailer’s plastics and packaging director.
“Food to go is one of our most popular categories, and we are convinced that our consumers will appreciate this initiative,” says Co-op, which plans to introduce the new packaging in September.
“We’re looking forward to seeing the new packaging on shelves this autumn and are convinced it will resonate with our members and customers,” said Breige Donaghy, director of great food at Sainsbury’s. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”