Supermarket chain Aldi Ireland has moved towards sustainability by introducing its Irish sourced potted herbs packaging in recyclable and home compostable materials.

The new packaging will be implemented this month and will result in the elimination of more than 5.5 tonnes of non-recyclable material annually from Aldi’s potted herbs range, including Aldi’s parsley, coriander and basil.

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The pot that holds the plant will be made from fully recyclable material polypropylene and the sleeve around the pot will be made from sugarcane derivatives and other home compostable materials.

Aldi Group Buying Director John Curtin was quoted by Wicklownews as saying: “Moving our herb pots to recyclable material and making the sleeves home compostable is our latest step towards making all of our packaging recyclable, compostable or reusable.

“This change means that customers can recycle the pots and can even feed their compost heap with the sleeves and soil so nothing goes to waste!”

For the last six months, the supermarket has been working with O’Hanlon Herbs, the company’s Wicklow-based supplier, to develop the new recyclable packaging.

The development is part of its long-term plastic reduction programme across its 142 Irish stores.

Aldi is aiming to make packaging across its products to be 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.

It also plans to make 100% of its own-label packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022, while reducing 50% in packaging across its own-label products by 2025.

In August last year, Aldi Ireland discontinued the use of black non-detectable plastic trays for packaging fruit and vegetables.