23 May 2023
by Alex Brinded

Aldi retailer joins UK Refill coalition

The UK's Refill Coalition aims for companies to co-design a refill solution.

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Aldi joins retailers Ocado, Waitrose & Partners and the supply-chain solutions company CHEP in the coalition, which was convened in 2020 by Unpackaged - UK refill consultants.

The group aims to co-design an innovative refill solution to help reduce the 56.5bln units of single-plastic packaging sold annually in the UK.

Although some retailers have introduced refill stations, an end-to-end solution is seen as necessary by some retailers. According to research from Be Unpackaged, 71% of UK adults are open to trying refill stations, which rises to 76% for both women and 18-24 year-olds.

The first store from the Refill Coalition is expected to go live later this year, and focus on dry store goods.

Luke Emery, Plastics and Packaging Director at Aldi UK, says, 'Aldi is dedicated to reducing single-use plastic, which is why we are pleased to become a member of the Refill Coalition. We look forward to working together with industry partners to offer customers even more convenient and efficient ways to shop plastic-free, and drive further uptake of unpackaged products.'


Alex Brinded

Staff Writer