Aldi own-brand tea to remove 1.4bn pieces of single-use plastic

Aldi has committed to removing all single-use plastic from its own-brand tea bags sold in the UK by the end of 2021.

The discount retailer said it would switch the oil-based plastic sealing of the tea bags to biodegradable materials, following a number of trials, resulting in all teabags being 100 per cent biodegradable.

Aldi also revealed it is removing the outer plastic packaging of its own-brand tea products.

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Together, the two moves will remove approximately 1.4 billion pieces of single-use plastic, preventing the equivalent of 80 tonnes of single-use plastic from going to landfill each year.

“By the end of this year, all of our own-brand tea bags will be biodegradable and contain no plastic whatsoever,” Aldi UK plastic and packaging director Richard Gorman said.

“The changes we’ve made to our tea range will help us reduce our environmental impact and
offer our customers even more environmentally sustainable options when they shop at Aldi.”

The news comes as Aldi recently pledged to reduce the volume of plastic packaging it uses by 2025 by half.

This will see the grocer remove 74,000 tonnes of plastic packaging from products over the next four years.

The supermarket, which has been carbon-neutral since January 2019, is also on track to have all own-label products recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022, and branded products sold at Aldi by 2025.

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