Aldi Ireland has announced that it has banned the use of non-detectable black plastic trays as packaging across its entire fruit and vegetable range as part of a pledge to cut the use of plastic packaging across its product range by 25% over the next three years.
It's thought that the move will save over 450 tonnes of non-recyclable waste annually as it is rolled out across the chain's 139 Irish stores. It's all part of a plan to remove non-detectable black plastic trays, expanded polystyrene trays and PVC from all Aldi-brand packaging by the end of 2020.
Speaking about the news, Aldi Group Buying Director John Curtin said: "Reducing the amount of plastic we produce is fundamental to our commitment to being a sustainable, responsible business. We are constantly looking for new ways to reduce our environmental impact. This is another step towards achieving our ambitious goals on packaging.”
This is just the latest in a series of changes introduced by Irish supermarkets to improve sustainability recently. Last week, SuperValu committed to introduce 100% compostable shopping bags while Lidl has brought in reusable veggie bags.