Aldi removes all plastic from wooden toy range

Aldi has announced it is removing all plastic packaging from its entire wooden toy range.

The German-discount retailer’s upcoming Specialbuy range includes 26 different items, including wooden medical carts and pirate ships, and is available in stores from Sunday, while stocks last.

As a result, shoppers can also pick up giant soft toys, which have also had their plastic packaging removed, while an eco plush toy, made from recycled plastic bottles.

Available either as a bear in Aldi uniform or a selection of endangered animals, including a Galapagos penguin, sea turtle and blue whale, the eco plush toys are made from 100 per cent recycled polyester.

The changes across Aldi’s toy range will result in a 54 tonne reduction in plastic packaging each year.

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Aldi revealed it has been achieved by a number of changes, including substituting paper tape for plastic, and replacing bubble wrap with paper wrap, meaning the range’s packaging is now made from 93 per cent recyclable materials.

“Eradicating waste is a key part of Aldi’s Better Everyday sustainability strategy, and removing unnecessary plastic from our packaging is a fundamental part of that,” Aldi UK plastic and packaging director Richard Gorman said.

“In 2018, we pledged that all our packaging would be recyclable, compostable or re-usable by the end of 2022, so we’re continually reviewing all of our product ranges to remove unnecessary packaging.

“It’s by making small changes, like removing packaging plastic from our Specialbuy toys, that we’ll achieve our goal.”

Aldi also committed to halve the total volume of plastic packaging it uses by 2025.

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

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