Aldi Ireland today announced that all of its 1 litre fresh Irish milk cartons are moving to fully renewable and plant-based packaging.
The change will affect more than 13.7 million cartons of milk annually, the discount retailer said.
The move to renewable packaging, which sees cartons being made from natural materials such as sugar cane derivatives, has already been implemented across some of Aldi’s Clonbawn fresh Irish milk range, including 1 litre organic, skimmed, protein and buttermilk, as well as 500ml full fat milk.
The new cartons cost between 25.5% and 31% less CO2 to produce, meaning more than 113 tonnes CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) will be saved annually once changes are fully implemented.
“The new design means cartons cost less CO2 to produce, lowering their environmental impact," said John Curtin, Aldi’s group buying director.
"While materials such as sugar cane derivatives are being used in the making of these new cartons, customers can rest assured that our fresh milk still has the same great taste as always," he added.
The remaining milk cartons will move to renewable packaging by August 2020, and all cartons will be fully recyclable.
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