Aldi has made a commitment to remove single-use plastics from all of its own-brand tea bags by the end of 2021.
The supermarket is making the switch from the oil-based plastic sealing of the tea bags to 100% biodegradable materials following a number of trials.
In addition, it is removing the outer plastic packaging of its own-brand tea products.
The moves are expected to remove around 1.4 billion pieces of single-use plastics – preventing the equivalent of 80 tonnes of plastic from going to landfill every year.
The announcement comes after Aldi – which has been carbon neutral since January 2019 – previously pledged to halve the volume of plastic packaging it uses by 2025, which will see the removal of 74,000 tonnes of plastic packaging from products over the next four years.
Richard Gorman, Plastics and Packaging Director at Aldi UK said: “By the end of the year, all of our own-brand tea bags will be biodegradable and contain no plastic whatsoever.
“The changes we’ve made to our tea range will help us reduce our environmental impact and offer our customers even more environmentally-sustainable options when they shop at Aldi.”