Aldi to trial plastic-free toilet roll packs from next month

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// Aldi will remove plastic packaging from toilet roll packs as part of a trial
// The trial will begin next month in 174 stores across the North East and the Midlands
// The initiative could save over 900 tonnes of plastic each year

Aldi has revealed plans to remove plastic packaging from toilet roll packets as part of a trial which could save over 900 tonnes of plastic each year.

The German discounter will begin the trial next month in 174 stores across the North East and the Midlands.

The initiative means the plastic packaging will be replaced with paper rather than non-recyclable plastic.

If the trial proves successful, Aldi will launch the paper packaging across all stores in the UK, which is estimated to save 935 tonnes of plastic a year.

The process could also be extended to cover kitchen towels.

“Wherever we can find plastic packaging that can be removed or replaced with recyclable alternatives, we are determined to do just that,” Aldi UK corporate responsibility managing director Fritz Walleczek said.

“From taking shrink-wrap off vegetables to introducing paper and compostable bags, we are committed to ensuring that our packaging doesn’t end up as waste.”

Aldi aims to remove plastic from all its household goods to ensure its own-label packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022.

The grocer also has plans of reducing all plastic packaging by 25 per cent by the end of 2023.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Aldi is a great shop and has everything thing you need at great prices, and this also show Aldi are getting involved in climate change

  2. Great input from my chosen supermarket. I would gladly pay a little more to reduce my single use plastic. The consumer will get in board if the options are there. But the price still has to be right.

  3. Don’t see the point wast doesn’t go to landfill anymore it’s all incinerated in our days you’ve all been fooled.

      • There is actually a fair element of truth in this comment.
        Zero to landfill has been being achieved for years across many parts of the UK across business, waste to energy is a massive part of recycling.
        People need to get off the single use plastic uneducated bandwagon and educate themselves on the bigger picture.
        Plastic can be recycled, just in different methods, many paper substitutes need a wax film, meaning it becomes waste to energy.
        McDonald’s straws… Plastic WERE recyclable, paper not…
        Plastic has a lower carbon footprint than aluminium, do reproduce/recycle don’t hear a war on cans
        The UK are not the reason plastic is in the ocean, it is a far bigger worldwide issue for uneducated countries without waste management systems.
        Love how you also want to “play your part” but actually don’t want to pay for it, surely price would not come in to it if you actually gave a hoot?!?
        You plastic waging hypocrite’ s probably still buy eggs from caged hens because of the price too.

  4. Aldi have gone old school. This is how toilet rolls were packaged when I was younger – showing my age but well done Aldi. Hopefully the other supermarkets will follow suit

  5. Aldi also throws away loads of the stuff that you see in the non food section once the offers had passed. I knew someone who works there who asked if she could take them as they were all being skipped and the manager said no they had to be thrown away.

  6. Well done Aldi, I also remember loo rolls wrapped in paper but also made from awful paper, please do not bring those back too. If you remove all plastic from all fruit and veg, make it loose, weighable and have paper bags available. Hope all supermarkets follow suit.

  7. If its a case of being environment friendly, I wouldn’t fancy paying extra for paper bags, which has no protection for inside wen raining. Hope this does not become a regular thing

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