// Aldi says plastic straws from own-label drinks cartons will be replaced with recyclable paper straws
// This will remove 70 million plastic straws from circulation – equating to more than 100 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic each year
// This is one of many packaging changes Aldi has introduced as it looks to halve plastic packaging by 2025
Aldi has announced that it will remove plastic straws from all of its own-label drinks cartons and will replace them with recyclable paper straws.
The German discount grocer said this would see it remove 70 million plastic straws from circulation – equating to more than 100 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic each year.
Aldi added that the drinks cartons now come with a paper straw that’s fully recyclable and made from FSC-certified cardboard.
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“Removing plastic straws from own-brand drinks cartons is another step in our journey to reducing plastic packaging across our products,” Aldi UK plastics and packaging director Richard Gorman said.
“Our customers want environmentally-friendly products, and plastic straws are one thing, in particular, that people want to move away from to help make a difference.”
The move is one of many packaging changes Aldi has introduced as it looks to halve the amount of plastic packaging it uses by the end of 2025.
Other recent initiatives include the removal of plastic packaging from its entire egg range in England and Wales and switching plastic shrink-wrap on multipack soft drinks cans to cardboard.
Aldi added that it was on track to have all product packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by the end of 2025.