ALDI moves on plastics

Supermarket giant ALDI Australia has announced plans to cut its plastic consumption by ‘at least a quarter’ from its product range by 2025.

The company made the announcement at a supplier forum earlier this week, saying that in an act of ‘transparency and authenticity’ it will also commit to annual reporting on its progress towards reducing its plastics use.

“It is our ambition to reduce the amount of plastics in our stores, while in parallel stimulating Australia’s circular economy, ensuring that our business partners have commercially viable packaging options to reduce their reliance on virgin materials,” the company said in a statement.

ALDI outlined further outlined its strategy:

  • By the end of 2025, aim to reduce plastic packaging by 25% (2019 baseline).

  • “actively reduce” the amount of plastic packaging in the company’s fresh produce range

  • Phase out ‘problematic and unnecessary’ single-use plastics by the end of 2020

  • The packaging of the company’s exclusive brands will be reformulated to be 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable by the end of 2025.

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