Aldi has announced its plan to introduce, fully recyclable paper straws across its own-label Kids Smoothies and Orange/Apple Juice Cartons.
The move will see more than 4.5 million single-use plastic straws removed from Aldi’s 145 stores each year, which equates to a saving of three tonnes of non-recyclable plastic, the discounter said.
The initiative supports the Government’s plan to fully remove all plastic straws from circulation in Ireland by July 2021 under its Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy, it added.
“Switching to new fully recyclable paper straws across our own-label products is another step towards our sustainability goals," said John Curtin, group buying director, Aldi.
Aldi said it has been working with its Donegal-based supplier Mulrines over the past two years to introduce the new fully recyclable paper straws.
The aim of the project is to have all plastic straws completely removed from Aldi Supermarkets by the end of June 2021.
"We understand our customers are always looking for new ways to shop sustainably with us and we’re proud to be the first supermarket to fully remove plastic straws from our own-label products,” Curtin added.
Since introducing its plastic-reduction strategy, Aldi has removed more than 2,053 tonnes of virgin plastic from its 145 Irish stores in addition to replacing almost 930 tonnes of non-recyclable material with recyclable alternatives.
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