The UK branch of supermarket chain Aldi has removed plastic shrink wrap from all multipacks of its Corale baked beans as part of efforts to reduce its use of plastic.

Through this initiative, the retailer will prevent 78t of single-use plastic from being sent to landfill a year.

Aldi also plans to launch a pilot to remove the outer plastic wrap from its sweetcorn mini-packs at a number of its stores later this year.

The supermarket expects to remove an additional 24t of plastic from circulation each year with this move.

Aldi plastic and packaging director Richard Gorman said: “Removing unnecessary plastic from our multipack of beans is another step forward in our commitment to reducing plastic across our ranges.

“We know it’s becoming increasingly important to our customers that their everyday products are environmentally-friendly, and we’re pleased that this move will help them shop more sustainably.”

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These initiatives are part of Aldi’s efforts to reduce and remove unnecessary plastic from its products.

The retailer has committed to halving the volume of plastic packaging across its operations by 2025, which will eliminate 74,000t of plastic.

Aldi is on track to make all its own-label product packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by the end of this year.

The company aims to do the same for all its branded products sold in its stores by 2025.

In November last year, Aldi UK eliminated plastic packaging from its entire wooden toy range as part of its sustainability efforts.

The retailer’s wooden toy range was originally launched in 2016 and used 93% recyclable materials in its packaging as of last November.

To make the product range more sustainable, Aldi replaced its plastic tape with paper tape and began using paper wrap instead of bubble wrap.