Despite being a move to help a global crisis, Aldi customers are less than impressed by a change in the packaging of a favorite lunch box.
A photo of a kid’s juice box has sparked an unexpected battle of words among social media users over a controversial detail.
The staple of the school lunch box recently had a makeover at aldicwhere the supermarket exchanges its plastic straws for a paper version.
But when an Australian mom took to Facebook to praise the move on the brand’s Westcliff Tropical Fruit Drink, her post was inundated with angry parents rejecting the eco-friendly alternative.
“No plastic straws, paper straws. Good on you Aldi,” the NSW woman wrote in the Aldi Fans Facebook group.
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However, her enthusiasm was not met by many, as some labeled the new paper straw as “abominable” and claimed it became “damp” and “useless” as the liquid passed through.
“I understand the desire to get rid of plastic. But the texture of this is terrible,” one person wrote.
“We discovered that today. My son said, ‘Bah, this is dirty.’ I’ll have to buy some plastic,” said another.
“Can’t stand paper straws – they’re useless,” wrote one mom.
The criticism continued with many saying “paper straws suck” adding, “Won’t buy these now.”
Poppers are often sold in UHT boxes, containers made of cardboard with a thin plastic coating on the outside and inside of the box to prevent the liquid from seeping through.
This packaging form also has a very thin aluminum foil layer on the inside to keep the contents fresh for a long time.
That’s why some argued that the switch to paper straws was pointless for them if the product wasn’t plastic-free.
“UHT cartons cannot be recycled. So replacing the plastic straw with a paper straw is like shitting your pants and changing your shirt,” one reasoned.
‘Aren’t these boxes plastic lined? Anyone seriously concerned about plastic straws should really be using a reusable drinking bottle,” agrees another.
Many supported the move, labeling those dissatisfied with the change as “lazy”.
“I love how people continue to do this. It’s out of sheer laziness. If you don’t like paper straws, buy your own and put it in your bag or car… Or use the straw built into your face,” suggested one woman.
“Hopefully our mindset will change and the big supermarkets will be tougher on suppliers and their packaging. No straw? No problem. Take the lid off and use it like you would any other cup in your life… Like a cup,” added one others to it.
And one mum wrote: “Well done Aldi and to those of you who say you won’t buy anything more. Coles and Woolworths will soon follow.”
Aldi became the first supermarket in Australia to throw plastic straws onto the popular lunchbox staple — stating it began a national rollout in December, starting with the Westcliff Tropical Fruit Drink.
Aldi Australia’s beverage purchasing director Dan Warner said the decision was a “no-brainer” for the supermarket at the time.
“Juice boxes are a staple in kids’ lunch boxes and we’re extremely proud to offer poppers with less plastic at the same low price,” he said.
“Parents on a mission to reduce household waste and its impact on the environment can now have peace of mind knowing that the drink in their child’s lunchbox contains less plastic, and that they won’t compromise on convenience or worry about any impact. for their back pockets.”
Removing plastic straws is part of Aldi’s commitment to reduce plastic use by 25 percent by 2025.
Last year, Aldi became the first major supermarket to remove single-use plastic picnic utensils from its shelves, a move that has saved an estimated 322 tons of plastic from the landfill.
It has also replaced the stem on cotton swabs from plastic to paper.
Aldi said the paper straws on the poppers have undergone “extensive quality checks” and are designed to “pierce packages and maintain a strong shape without softening”.
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Aldi isn’t the only retailer to face backlash after the switch from plastic to paper straws, with: Macca makes it in 2019 for the same reason†
The move was: part of the company’s purpose to source 100 percent of its food packaging from “renewable, recycled or certified sources by 2025”, as well as a plan to have packaging recycling in all restaurants around the world.
However, many complained that the straws were not sturdy enough and as a result, customers struggled with their drinks.
“Paper straws are okay, but better paper quality is not this paper that falls apart when it comes into contact with liquid,” said an Aussie when the straws started rolling out here in 2020.
“The papers are useless, save plastic or just use your mouth,” said another.
One man also got quite out of shape from the change: “Paper straws get soggy, if they give me a paper straw, I’ll knock them crazy.”
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