Aldi Commits to Reducing Plastic Waste


by | Apr 3, 2019

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Aldi recently announced a series of commitments it has made to help combat the global plastics crisis. 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%.

Aldi claims it has the 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 is committed to working with its supplier community to achieve the following comprehensive goals:

  • By 2025, 100% 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% 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.

For more than four decades, ALDI US has never offered single-use plastic grocery bags, and shoppers have brought their reusable bags. According to ALDI, 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. In July 2018, Aldi partnered with How2Recycle, a standardized labeling 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 long-standing partnership with Feeding America.

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