Aldi Ireland to cut over 2,300 tonnes of cardboard boxes from its fresh meat and fish range17 August, 2021
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Aldi Ireland is removing all outer cardboard boxes from its fresh poultry, pork, beef, lamb and select fish lines. The move will mean over 2,300 tonnes less packaging will be used in Aldi stores each year, saving an equivalent of 4.2 million kg in carbon emissions each year.
Working with its Irish suppliers, Aldi’s fresh meat, fish, and poultry ranges will be transported to stores in reusable crates, eliminating the need for cardboard boxes on shelves. The crates will be cleaned and returned to the producer to be used repeatedly.
This is the latest improvement as part of Aldi’s long-term plastic and packaging reduction programme, which is working to reduce plastic packaging on all Aldi products by 50% by 2025, and to ensure 100% of Aldi’s own-label packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable by the end of next year. Since introducing the programme, Aldi has removed more than 2,150 tonnes of virgin plastic from its 147 Irish stores in addition to replacing almost 930 tonnes of non-recyclable material with recyclable alternatives.