ALDI cuts plastic straws from “iconic” product range

ALDI cuts plastic straws from “iconic” product range

ALDI Australia is set to become the first major Australian supermarket to begin replacing plastic straws with paper alternatives in a boxed drink product.

The supermarket is entering a paper straw pilot program across select New South Wales stores. The initiative will see ALDI Australia replace the plastic straws across thousands of its own-label tropical juice boxes.

The pilot scheme, and subsequent nationwide rollout, to drop the plastic popper straws is expected to divert 18 tonnes of single-use plastic from landfill annually.

Dan Warner, Buying Director for Drinks at ALDI Australia said the move would help to support sustainable practices for its customers.

“Parents on a mission to reduce household waste and their environmental impact can now have peace of mind knowing the drink in their child’s lunchbox contains less plastic, and they aren’t sacrificing convenience or worrying about any impact to their back pockets,” he said.

The paper straw program forms part of ALDI’s goal to reduce the amount of plastic used in packaging across its own-label range by 25 per cent by 2025.

This announcement follows ALDI Australia’s decision in 2020 to remove single-use plastic tableware from sale in stores, saving 322 tonnes of plastic from landfill, as well as replacing plastic-stemmed cotton buds with a paper-stemmed version.

By 2025, ALDI aims to send zero waste to landfill, which includes a goal to achieve zero food waste sent to landfill by 2023. This year the supermarket also announced it is 100 per cent powered with renewable electricity.

For more information on ALDI Australia’s sustainability initiatives, click here.

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