Aldi Replaces Plastic Straws with Paper

Discount supermarket chain and one of the few places you can buy a canoe, a jackhammer and a tent on a weekly shop whim, Aldi, has removed plastic straws from all own-label drinks cartons, replacing them with a paper straw that’s fully recyclable and made from FSC-certified cardboard.

This will remove 70 million plastic straws from circulation – equating to more than 100 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic each year.

Richard Gorman, Plastics and Packaging Director at Aldi UK, said: “Removing plastic straws from own-brand drinks cartons is another step in our journey to reducing plastic packaging across our products.

Our customers want environmentally-friendly products, and plastic straws are one thing, in particular, that people want to move away from to help make a difference.”

The move is one of many packaging changes Aldi has introduced as it looks to halve the amount of plastic packaging it uses by the end of 2025.

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