Aldi to remove plastic applicators from own-brand tampons

Aldi is scrapping all plastic applicators from its own-brand tampons, saving over 14 tonnes of plastic a year.

From the end of January, the UK’s fifth-largest supermarket will remove plastic applicators from its shelves in favour of cardboard alternatives.

The move is part of Aldi’s ongoing efforts to minimise unnecessary plastic and follows discussions with campaigner, Ella Daish, who has been working with supermarkets and manufacturers to eliminate plastic from menstrual products.

Environmental activist, Ella Daish, said: “I’m so pleased that Aldi has taken this important step to stop unnecessary plastic at source. Removing plastic applicators is the first stage in the journey towards going plastic-free. It’s a brilliant outcome and I hope to see more positive changes like this being made in the industry soon.”

Daish: important step

Fritz Walleczek, managing director of corporate responsibility at Aldi UK and Ireland, added: “We’re constantly reviewing our product range to remove and replace unnecessary, single-use plastic and applicators are an example of exactly this.

“Ella’s work to drive awareness of the use of plastic in sanitary products is really commendable. As a business, cutting waste is what we do, and it’s great to be able to support her efforts.”

Aldi is on track to have all own-label packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022, and aims to reduce plastic packaging by 25% by the end of 2023.