Budget supermarket chain Aldi is conducting a trial of double toilet rolls to cut its plastic waste and reduce the number of delivery lorries.
The trial, which is currently underway in the counties of West Midlands, East Midlands, and Yorkshire, UK, involves increasing the number of sheets per roll in select own-brand products, consequently shrinking the packaging size.
If the initiative is implemented across all Aldi stores, it could reportedly result in the removal of more than 60t of plastic packaging annually.
Additionally, the more compact packs would allow more products to be transported per truck, thus decreasing the number of lorry journeys needed.
Customers in the trial regions can purchase double toilet rolls in various pack sizes, including four, six, eight, and 12 packs.
Aldi plastics and packaging director Luke Emery 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.
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“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.”
The announcement from Aldi comes after an independent audit on supermarket plastic use released by the Australian Marine Conservation Society and the Boomerang Alliance showed Aldi to be at the forefront of the surveyed supermarkets’ efforts to cut down plastic packaging.
In September last year, the retailer removed all single-use cutlery from its ‘Food to Go’ range.