How we’re tackling packaging and plastic waste

Plastic packaging plays an important role in protecting some products from damage, making sure they can be transported easily and helps reduce waste by preserving food for longer. However, we are aware of the negative impact that plastic has on the environment and know this is an issue that matters to our customers.  

As a result, we only want to use plastic when we need to and are taking positive steps to reduce the amount of plastic we use. Look out for our logos in store:

In March 2018, we introduced our 10-point pledge to reduce the amount of packaging we use, while maximising the volume of plastics recycled and reused when there is no other alternative.

 

 

The Aldi 10 Plastic and Packaging Pledges

1. By 2022 Aldi aims for 100% of all own label packaging to be recyclable, reusable or compostable (where it does not have a detrimental effect on product quality or safety, or increase food waste)

2. By 2025 Aldi aims to achieve 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging across all products (where it does not have a detrimental effect on product quality or safety, or increase food waste)

3. By 2025 Aldi aims to reduce packaging by 50% (relative to 2015 baseline)

4. By 2025 Aldi aims for 50% of its packaging to be made from recycled material

5. Aldi will publicly report on its packaging progress annually starting in 2019

6. Aldi is educating customers on the importance of waste reduction (reduce, reuse, recycle) through its community programmes

7. Aldi removed all single-use plastic bags from our stores at the end of 2018

8. Aldi is working in partnership with other retailers to reduce its dependence on plastic

9. Aldi has established a Packaging Task Force with its Buying Teams and external experts to deliver these goals

10. In principle Aldi supports a Deposit Return Scheme for plastic bottles and is conducting a feasibility study into how it could implement such a scheme


WHAT’S GREEN AND SPARKLY? ALDI’S PLEDGE TO SCRAP PLASTIC GLITTER

The UK’s fastest growing supermarket Aldi is scrapping plastic glitter from its Halloween range as well as Christmas cards and wrapping paper this year.

The move is part of our new pledge to remove all non-biodegradable glitter from all products by the end of 2020.

Fritz Walleczek, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility at Aldi UK and Ireland: “We want to be sure our customers can enjoy key events without compromising on sustainability – which is why we’ve promised to remove all non-biodegradable glitter from all of our products by 2020.”

This is our latest packaging reduction pledge and we have already made significant strides in cutting plastics since our pledges were launched.

We were a founding member of WRAP’s cross-sector UK Plastics Pact and, at the beginning of 2019, we sold our last single-use carrier bag, which will see about 80 million bags removed from circulation.

 

 

Packaging progress

We have made good progress since our plastics pledge was introduced last year:

with a 9% reduction in own-brand packaging weight (average gram of packaging per product)

  • 85% of own brand core range packaging is currently recyclable
  • We have replaced almost 3,000 tonnes of unrecyclable plastic with recyclable alternatives
  • We have removed more than 550 tonnes of plastic from our own-brand products
  • We have removed or reduced plastic packaging on a range of fruit and veg, this has already saved more than 163 tonnes of plastic
  • We have replaced 265 tonnes of hard-to-recycle black plastic from other fresh fruit and veg lines
  • We have cut more than 1,050 tonnes of plastic by introducing recyclable packaging across our farm range of sliced cooked meat products
  • We have switched pizza disks from polystyrene to cardboard, which removed 180 tonnes of plastic
  • We have changed our packaging on Mamia nappies to save more than 131 tonnes of plastic
  • We will remove plastic glitter from all our own-brand products by 2020, starting with our Halloween range and Christmas cards and wrapping this year