RETAIL giant Aldi is stepping up it bid to reduce single-use plastics by removing all plastic lids on its own-label fresh and cultured cream products and ready-to-drink coffee products in Scotland.
From March, Aldi said it will stock these products without ‘unnecessary’ plastic lids in its 91 Scottish stores. The company said the scheme will remove over three million pieces of single-use plastic from the market.
Aldi will also trial the removal of plastic lids from its Greek-style flavoured yoghurt pots in England and Wales. If successful, this will be rolled out across all 500g yoghurt pots, eliminating a further 34 million pieces of plastic across the UK.
Fritz Walleczek, MD of corporate responsibility at Aldi said, “We are committed to cutting the amount of plastic that Aldi and our customers use, particularly unnecessary, single-use plastic like secondary lids. Every step like this brings us closer to our target of reducing the amount of plastic we use in packaging by 25%.”