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Aldi first to launch new home compostable steak trays in Ireland

Their new compostable trays made from sugarcane will save over 67 tonnes of plastic annually

Date: 16/06/2021

On Monday, June 21st 2021, Aldi Ireland will launch their new home compostable trays made from rapidly renewable sugarcane pulp across all its multi-award winning premium Specially Selected Irish steaks range.

Customers can place the trays in their compost heap at home or in their brown bin. The trays are also fully recyclable, so they can also go in the recycling bin if needed. This switch with see more than 67 tonnes of plastic removed each year from Aldi’s 145 stores nationwide.

The new packaging material, which was developed specifically for Aldi, is the first of its kind in Ireland. Aldi began development of this packaging solution back in 2018, with their long-term Irish supplier, ABP Food Group. Aldi is also committed to providing customers with 100% Bord Bia Quality Assured Irish steak and beef.  

This initiative is part of Aldi’s long-term 2030 Responsibility Vision “Making Sustainability Affordable” to their customers. The retailer is working to ensure 100% of Aldi’s own-label packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable by the end of next year, and to reduce plastic packaging on all Aldi products by 50% by 2025.

Over the past year, Aldi has made huge progress towards achieving its targets to reduce and remove the amount of plastic used across its stores. Successes include:

  • Becoming the first supermarket in Ireland to fully remove single-use plastic straws, replacing them with recyclable paper straws, affecting more than 4.5 million straws annually;
  • Becoming the first retailer to introduce 100% recyclable packaging across own-brand White Family Pan and 100% Wholemeal Sliced Pan, removing over 18 tonnes of plastic;
  • Becoming the first retailer to introduce 100% recycled PET water bottles across own-label water ranges, which affects more than 30 million water bottles each year;
  • Becoming the first retailer in Ireland to fully remove all black plastic from core food ranges.

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