// Aldi to remove two million pieces of throwaway plastic from its Easter confectionary range this year
// Easter eggs to be given square-shaped bottom so they no longer need to be supported with inner plastic packaging
// Aldi also replacing plastic windows from the outer packaging with compostable cellulose film made from wood fibres
Aldi has announced plans to remove two million pieces of throwaway plastic from its seasonal confectionery range for Easter this year.
As part of this, the German discount grocery chain is giving some of its Easter eggs a square-shaped bottom so they no longer need to be supported with inner plastic packaging, eliminating the need for plastic entirely.
These products are among the six Easter lines that Aldi is altering to make 100 per cent plastic-free.
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Other plastic-saving changes include replacing plastic windows from the outer packaging of several products with compostable cellulose film made from wood fibres.
Aldi said it would also launch a fully-sustainable chocolate box, with an insert made from recycled potato skins.
The retailer said the combined changes would remove 29 tonnes – equivalent to two million pieces – of plastic from its Easter range.
“We’re committed to eliminating plastic wherever possible, and the changes to our Easter range are a great example of removing unnecessary plastic that we can all do without,” Aldi UK plastic packaging director Richard Gorman said.
“We know our customers want to protect the environment, and it is changes like this that make all the difference.”
The reduction of plastic in Aldi’s Easter range follows on from the supermarket’s removal of more than 5.5 million pieces of plastic last year, including successful changes to its Christmas range.
The supermarket said it was on track to have all product packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by the end of 2025.