Aldi abandons the “modern threat” of disposable barbecues

Aldi is the first UK supermarket to stop selling disposable barbecues, as part of an eco-friendly move to reduce the discount supermarket’s impact on the environment.

The ban, which has been implemented in all stores, is part of a bid to protect the country’s forests and wildlife and will also result in the removal of around 35 tonnes of single-use packaging.

Disposable barbecues have been criticized by environmental groups for durability and safety concerns. Tory MP Janet Finch-Saunders launched a campaign against them last year, calling single-use products “a truly modern threat” and asking retailers to stop selling them.

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Aldi stopped selling disposable barbecues for the first time at its store in Buxton, near the Peak District National Park, in June 2021.

The introduction of the ban in all stores is Aldi’s latest move to reduce its impact on the environment.

We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and know that many of our buyers are increasingly looking to do the same,” said Liz Fox, director of corporate responsibility for Aldi UK.

“We hope customers can embrace our latest move and still want them to enjoy their summer picnics and barbecues. As an alternative, we encourage customers to opt for more eco-friendly options. and durable such as portable mini barbecues, ensuring they are used responsibly.

The supermarket has been carbon neutral since January 2019 and is also on track to have all of its own-brand product packaging either recyclable, reusable or compostable by the end of 2022.

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Edward L. Robinett