// 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.