// Aldi to remove plastic applicators from own-brand tampons
// The move will save 14 tonnes of plastic a year
// By the end of January, all own-brand plastic applicators will be replaced by cardboard alternatives
Aldi is set to scrap all plastic applicators from its own-brand tampons, saving over 14 tonnes of plastic a year.
From the end of January, the German discount grocer will remove plastic applicators from its shelves in favour of cardboard alternatives.
The move is part of Aldi’s ongoing efforts to minimise unnecessary plastic in the grocery sector’s wider war on plastic.
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The move also follows discussions with environmental campaigner Ella Daish, who has been working with supermarkets and manufacturers to eliminate plastic from menstrual products.
“I’m so pleased that Aldi has taken this important step to stop unnecessary plastic at source.,” Daish said.
“Removing plastic applicators is the first stage in the journey towards going plastic-free.
“It’s a brilliant outcome and I hope to see more positive changes like this being made in the industry soon.”
Aldi UK corporate responsibility managing director Fritz Walleczek said: “We’re constantly reviewing our product range to remove and replace unnecessary, single-use plastic and applicators are an example of exactly this.
“Ella’s work to drive awareness of the use of plastic in sanitary products is really commendable.
“As a business, cutting waste is what we do, and it’s great to be able to support her efforts.”
Aldi is on track to have all own-label packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022, and aims to reduce plastic packaging by 25 per cent by the end of 2023.