Aldi introduces recycled plastic to crisp packs in UK supermarket first

Aldi is rolling out recycled plastic to its own-label crisp packaging in a UK supermarket first.

The change will see the discounter incorporate a minimum of 35% recycled content across its Specially Selected hand cooked range, which has already rolled out nationwide.

Aldi’s own-label popcorn and lentil chips are also set to follow towards the end of the year.

The move is expected to eliminate 78 tonnes of virgin plastic from use annually and forms part of the grocer’s target to include 50% recycled content into its plastic packaging by 2025.


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Aldi plastics and packaging director Luke Emery said: “At Aldi, we are continuously making changes when it comes to reducing plastic waste, and we know how important this is to our customers too.

“Increasing the recycled content in our crisp packaging is just one way we are helping our customers to reduce their environmental impact, with all these little changes adding up to make an even bigger difference.”

It marks the latest in a string of packaging updates at the supermarket in recent months, including double toilet rolls which introduced nationwide, would remove over 60 tonnes of plastic each year, to switching from plastic packaging to cardboard around cans of beer and cider, making them recyclable at home and removing 95 tonnes of plastic waste each year.

In other efforts to remove plastic, the discount grocer has removed all single use cutlery from its food-to-go range, which resulted in a reduction of 10.5m wooden forks and has started trialling the sale of loose items including garlic, limes, lemons and oranges, which if rolled out nationwide, would save 94 tonnes of plastic packaging each year.

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