// Aldi looks to save 68m pieces of single-use plastic by removing lids from own-label products
// From March, own-label fresh cream & ready-to-drink coffee products will not have plastic lids
// Aldi says removing plastic lids from its large Greek-style flavoured yogurt pots will eliminate a further 34m pieces of plastic
Aldi has announced plans to remove all plastic lids on its own-label fresh cream and ready-to-drink coffee products, as part of an ongoing campaign to reduce single-use plastics.
From March, the UK’s fifth-largest grocer by market share will stock these products without unnecessary plastic lids in over 780 stores across England and Wales.
Aldi said the initiative would remove prevent around 68 million pieces of single-use plastic being thrown away.
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In addition, from the end of February, Aldi said it would trial the removal of plastic lids from its large Greek-style flavoured yogurt pots.
If successful, this will be rolled out across all 500g yogurt pots, eliminating a further 34 million pieces of plastic.
Aldi said these moves are the latest steps to scrap unnecessary plastic as it works towards reducing plastic packaging by 25 per cent by the end of 2023.
“We are committed to cutting the amount of plastic that Aldi and our customers use, particularly unnecessary, single-use plastic like secondary lids,” Aldi corporate responsbility managing director Fritz Walleczek said.
“Every step like this brings us closer to our target of reducing the amount of plastic we use in packaging by 25 per cent.”
The Germnan discount grocer added that it was on track to have all own-label packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022.
Since 2018, it has removed more than 2200 tonnes of plastic and replaced almost 3000 tonnes of unrecyclable material with recyclable alternatives.