// To mark World Ocean Day, Aldi introduces packaging made with Prevented Ocean Plastic
// This will be applied to its entire range of own-label fishcakes and crispbakes
// It will prevent approx. 76 tonnes of plastic from entering the ocean each year – the same as 3m plastic bottles
Aldi is set to introduce new packaging that is made from recycled plastic that would’ve otherwise ended up in the ocean.
To mark World Ocean Day today, the UK arm of the German discount grocer said it would roll out packaging made with Prevented Ocean Plastic across its entire range of own-label fishcakes and crispbakes.
The packaging, produced by Sharpak, includes fully traceable and certified recycled waste plastic that has been collected by communities living in coastal areas across the globe at risk of ocean plastic pollution.
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Aldi said the change would prevent approximately 76 tonnes of plastic from entering the ocean each year – the equivalent of over three million plastic bottles bottles.
The retailer also said the move would help support bottle collectors, collection centres and local recycling facilities.
Aldi added that it “significantly” reduced the size of its fishcake packaging, which will see the removal of a further 32 tonnes of plastic annually, as well as 23 tonnes of cardboard from its Specially Selected lines.
“These changes will see us use less packaging overall, and also repurpose plastic that could otherwise end up polluting our oceans,” Aldi UK plastics and packaging director Richard Gorman said.
“This is the latest in a series of initiatives we are rolling out to reduce our environmental impact and offer our customers even more environmentally-sustainable options when they shop at Aldi.”
Last year, Aldi pledged to halve the volume of plastic packaging it uses by 2025.
This will see the supermarket chain remove 74,000 tonnes of plastic packaging from products over the next four years.
Aldi said it was also on track to have all own-label products recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022, and branded products sold at Aldi by 2025.