ALDI plans to make its packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025
In April, ALDI outlined a series of goals that will make all of its packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. In addition, ALDI plans to reduce packaging material across its entire range by at least 15%.
“ALDI has the ability to influence how its products are sourced, produced and brought to shelves because more than 90 percent of its range is ALDI-exclusive,” the company stated in a prepared statement. ALDI plans to work with its supplier community to achieve the following 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 percent
- 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, ALDI U.S. “The commitments we’re making to reduce plastic packaging waste are an investment in our collective future that we are proud to make.”
For more than four decades, ALDI U.S. 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.
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, visit https://corporate.aldi.us/en/corporate-responsibility/.