Grocery giant ALDI pledges to offer 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging on all of their products by 2025.
ALDI announces all product packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable in 5 years
By 2025, 100% of ALDI packaging, including plastic packaging, will be reusable, recyclable or compostable. ALDI will also reduce packaging material across its entire range by at least 15%. With more than 90% of its products falling under private label brands, and its large footprint in Europe and the US, supermarket chain Aldi is uniquely poised to make a serious dent in single-use plastic usage throughout its stores. The discount grocer has long demonstrated a commitment to sustainability.
Commitments to reduce plastic packaging waste are an investment in our collective future
ALDI has the unique ability to influence how its products are sourced, produced and brought to shelves because more than 90% of its range is ALDI-exclusive.
The company say in a recent press release they they are committed to working with its supplier community to achieve the following comprehensive goals:
- By 2025, 100 percent of ALDI packaging, including plastic packaging, will have reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging;
- By 2025, packaging material of all ALDI-exclusive products to be reduced by at least 15%
- By 2020, 100 percent of ALDI-exclusive consumable packaging to include How2Recycle label
- By 2020, implement an initiative to make private-label product packaging easier for customers to reuse;
- Guide continuous improvement of product packaging by internal expertise and external evaluations.
“ALDI has never offered single-use plastic shopping bags. And while we’re pleased that we’ve helped keep billions of plastic grocery bags out of landfills and oceans, we want to continue to do more,” said Jason Hart, CEO of ALDI U.S. in the corporate press release last week.
“The commitments we’re making to reduce plastic packaging waste are an investment in our collective future that we are proud to make.”
These new goals are an extension of Aldi’s existing sustainability initiatives
For more than four decades, ALDI (US) has never offered single-use plastic grocery bags, and shoppers have brought their reusable bags.
By company estimates, this progressive business decision has helped keep approximately 15 billion single-use plastic bags out of landfills and oceans.
In 2018, ALDI recycled more than 250,000 tons of materials, including paper, cardboard plastic and metal.
Through this recycling effort, ALDI avoided the greenhouse gas equivalent of 8,094,533 gallons of gasoline.
In July 2018, ALDI partnered with How2Recycle, a standardised labelling system, to empower its customers to recycle.
These packaging goals, along with other environmental initiatives, are part of the larger ALDI Corporate Responsibility program, which actively works to reduce food waste, support natural disaster relief efforts through employee volunteerism and donations, and build stronger communities through a longstanding partnership with Feeding America.
For more information on corporate responsibility efforts at ALDI, click HERE
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