Aldi is going to make a MAJOR change to all stores – and it’s Australia’s first supermarket
Aldi to remove popular products from all stores – and it’s Australia’s first supermarket
- Aldi Australia replaces plastic straws on juice boxes with paper alternatives
- The retailer becomes the first major supermarket in the country to do so
- Rollout coming to NSW stores first, followed by other states across the country
- We hope the decision will reduce plastic waste by about 18 tons per year
Aldi will be the first major supermarket in Australia to remove all plastic straws from its drinks range and replace them with paper alternatives in a bid to eliminate more than 40 million plastic straws from sale annually.
The straws will be removed from drinks cartons, especially popular juice boxes or ‘poppers’, with the change set to take place in select New South Wales stores first before launching interstate in 2022.
The existing beverage cartons are recyclable and while the cover around the straw will remain plastic in the meantime, it can be recycled through soft plastic recycling programs.
Product prices will not change as a result of the switch.
The initiative is expected to remove 18 tons of single-use plastic from landfills annually – or 2 kg per hour – and is likely to pave the way for other national supermarkets to follow suit.
Aldi Australia will replace plastic straws on juice boxes with paper alternatives to reduce single-use plastics
Dan Warner, Director of Beverage Purchasing at ALDI Australia, said: ‘Juice cartons are a staple in children’s lunch boxes and we are extremely proud to offer poppers with less plastic at the same low price.
“Parents on a mission to reduce household waste and its impact on the environment can now have peace of mind knowing that the drink in their child’s lunchbox contains less plastic, and they won’t compromise on convenience or worry about any impact for their back pockets.
‘It is crucial for us to deliver the best quality at the best prices. If we can do that, make a change that benefits the planet and doesn’t cost our customers more, that’s a good idea.”
The change in packaging for the trial schedule juice boxes will be accomplished with the support of Tru Blu Beverages, Aldi’s Australia-based supplier.
The initiative is expected to remove 18 tons of single-use plastic from landfills annually – or 2 kg per hour (stock image)
The announcement follows Aldi Australia’s 2020 decision to remove single-use plastic tableware from sale in stores, saving 322 tons of plastic from landfill and replacing plastic-handled cotton swabs with a paper-handled version.
“Responsibility is one of ALDI’s core values, so when we say we’re taking steps to contribute to a more sustainable future, we’re not skimping on that goal,” continues Mr. Warner.
“We challenge ourselves to be brave in our commitments, which means assessing every single part of the supply chain and finding all the ways we can make positive change.”
The paper straw program is part of Aldi’s goal to reduce the amount of plastic used in packaging in its own label range by 25 percent by 2025.
This year, the supermarket also announced that it will run on 100 percent renewable electricity.