Aldi operations in the United Kingdom and Ireland have stepped up their sustainability goals to include a reduction of the volume of plastic packaging it uses by half by 2025. This reduction is equal to removing more than 2 billion single items of plastic.
The latest target was set July 9, and is an addition to the retailer’s overall strategy to ensure that all own brand products are recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022. Aldi U.S. has similar sustainability goals, including a pledge to make 100% of its private label packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, while cutting packing materials for those products by 15% over the same period.
Aldi U.K. has had a plastic-reduction strategy in place but the new target to cut by half and remove 74,000 metric tons of plastic packaging or 2.2 billion pieces of plastic is an enhanced measure.
Since 2018, the retailer has removed more than 6,000 metric tons of plastic and replaced more than 3,200 tonnes of non-recyclable material with an alternative that is recyclable.