Aldi Pledges To Cut Plastic Packaging By 50% By 2025

By Donna Ahern
Aldi Pledges To Cut Plastic Packaging By 50% By 2025

Aldi Ireland today announced its plans to reduce the volume of plastic packaging used by the company by 50% by 2025.

The new commitment will see the supermarket remove 9,874 tonnes of plastic packaging during the next five years, the equivalent to 200 million single items of plastic, the discount retailer said. 

To achieve this target, Aldi said that it will work to remove and reduce unnecessary packaging and switch to alternative materials.

Where plastic is required, it will be recyclable and made of recycled material wherever possible, it added.

“We are stepping up our efforts to reduce the amount of plastic packaging used across our business because it is the right thing to do for a sustainable future," said Giles Hurley, chief executive officer, Aldi UK and Ireland.


"We know this issue matters to our customers too and are confident they will support our initiatives to reduce plastic in the coming years,” he added. 

Avoidable Plastic Reduction

Aldi said that it has been working closely with its suppliers in recent months to develop innovative ways to reduce avoidable plastics.

Since introducing its plastic-reduction strategy in March 2018, Aldi has have removed more than 600 tonnes of plastic, replaced over 850 tonnes of unrecyclable material with recyclable alternatives and removed 490 tonnes of packaging from its core range.

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