Aldi bans plastic packaging from all its eggs in war on waste

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The bargain supermarket is switching from plastic packaging to pulp trays. This means all egg packaging in England and Wales will be plastic-free by the end of the year. It’s part of Aldi’s pledge to halve the volume of plastic packaging use by 2025. Aldi has said the change will see the removal of 900 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic each year – equating to 24 million pieces of plastic.

Over the next five years Aldi is expected to remove 74,000 tonnes – or 2.2 billion single items – of plastic packaging from products. 

Richard Gorman, Plastics and Packaging Director at Aldi told Birmingham Live said: “We are proud to be amongst the first to commit to cutting plastic packaging from our entire egg range.

“We have a responsibility to provide customers with environmentally-sustainable options and it’s changes like this that help to make a difference. We’ve set ambitious targets to reduce our environmental impact over the next few years and so it’s now up to us to continue to step up our efforts to achieve these.”

Aldi has been carbon neutral since January 2019. 

The supermarket is also on track to make all own-label products recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022, and branded products sold at Aldi by 2025.

According to a Which? investigation Aldi is the cheapest supermarket along with Lidl. 

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On average, shoppers last month paid £18.45 at both Aldi and Lidl for 19 essential grocery products. 

This included items like semi-skimmed milk, free-range eggs and Hovis wholemeal bread.

In third place was Asda where customers paid £20.03.

Additional reporting Chris Harper. 

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