ALDI has committed to remove plastic packaging from its entire egg range.
The supermarket is switching from plastic packaging to pulp trays on its remaining egg lines, meaning all egg packaging in England and Wales will be plastic-free by the end of the year.
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The change will see the removal of 900t of non-recyclable plastic each year – equating to 24 million pieces of plastic, the retailer said.
It’s part of a pledge to halve the volume of plastic packaging used by 2025.
In total, it hopes to remove 74,000t – or 2.2 billion single items – of plastic packaging from products over the next five years.
Richard Gorman, plastics and packaging director at Aldi, 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.”
The supermarket is also on track to have all own-label products as recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022, and branded products sold at Aldi by 2025.