Aldi is trialling double toilet rolls, which will see it double the volume of sheets per roll on select lines – it comes as part of plans to reduce its plastic waste
Aldi has announced a huge change to its own-brand toilet roll to help reduce plastic waste.
The budget supermarket is trialling double toilet rolls, which will see it double the volume of sheets per roll on select lines. This in turn will reduce the size of the plastic packaging needed for the product.
Aldi says this will also cut down the number of lorries needed to deliver them to stores, as more packs will fit into trucks. If rolled out across all stores, the move could see Aldi remove over 60 tonnes of plastic packaging per year. The trial is taking place in the West Midlands, East Midlands and Yorkshire, with double toilet rolls available to buy in four, six, eight and twelve packs. It could then be rolled out to more stores across the UK if successful.
Luke Emery, Plastics and Packaging Director at Aldi said: “At Aldi, we’re working hard to reduce our environmental footprint wherever we can, and we’re always looking for new ways to make a difference. Reducing the plastic waste and carbon emissions related to such a widely-used product will have a huge positive impact, and it’s just one example of some exciting changes we have in the pipeline.”
It comes after Aldi announced last September that it will be selling more of its fruit and veg items as loose produce rather than in bags in select stores. This included loose garlic, limes, lemons and oranges. The supermarket chain already offers loose produce options on a number of ranges, including potatoes, peppers and avocadoes.
Aldi has also removed “use by” dates from its fresh milk – with customers urged to use the sniff test to judge if the product is ok to consume. The supermarket still uses “best before” dates – except for filtered milk – but hopes the change is preventing milk from being thrown away unnecessarily.
According to waste reduction charity WRAP, nearly 300,000 tonnes of milk is wasted by UK households each year – and half of households say they poured it away because it wasn’t consumed by the “use by” date. Aldi is looking to halve its food waste by 2030.