Aldi To Eliminate Plastic Packaging For Meat

Friday, August 23rd, 2019 | 2290 Views


From early September, Aldi will be replacing its plastic packaging for its meat products with cardboard trays across 380 stores in UK. The cardboard trays are recyclable and are sourced from sustainably-managed forests.

Although the clear, flexible plastic film will still be required for this new packaging, Aldi claims that the carboard trays will reduce the amount of plastic, by weight, by 90 percent. Furthermore, the packaging is designed to ensure that shelf-life is maintained.

“Meat is almost universally sold in plastic, but we’re looking to lead the way with alternatives—including these new cardboard steak trays,” said Fritz Walleczek, Aldi UK’s Managing Director of corporate responsibility.

“Both food and plastic waste are important issues, but this packaging delivers on both, by potentially removing 240 tonnes of plastic a year without compromising food quality or longevity,” he continued.

In efforts to reduce their plastic packaging output, Aldi has also carried out initiatives such as removing all single-use carrier bags from its stores and banning black plastic trays for fruit and vegetable packaging.

 

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