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Aldi releases sustainability package

BY Dan Berthiaume

German supermarket retailer Aldi wants to make its packaging more environmentally friendly.

Aldi, which operates more than 60 U.S. stores along the Eastern seaboard, is introducing a series of commitments to reduce the plastic waste generated by its packaging. By 2025, Aldi says 100% of its packaging, including plastic materials, will be reusable, recyclable or compostable.

Aldi also intends to reduce packaging material across its entire product assortment by at least 15%. More than 90% of Aldi’s assortment consists of exclusive products, providing the retailer with the ability to influence sourcing, production and supply chain.

Aldi is committed to working with its supplier partners to achieve the following additional sustainability goals:

• By 2020, 100% of Aldi-exclusive consumable packaging will include “How2Recycle” standardized recycling instructional labeling;

• By 2020, Aldi will implement an initiative to make private-label product packaging easier for customers to reuse;

• Aldi will 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 of 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.”

In 2018, Aldi recycled more than 250,000 tons of materials, including paper, cardboard plastic and metal, avoiding the greenhouse gas equivalent of almost 8.1 million gallons of gasoline. In July 2018, Aldi partnered with How2Recycle, a standardized labeling system, to empower its customers to recycle.

Amazon has also recently introduced sustainability efforts that include packaging initiatives. For example, in February the e-tail giant launched a program called “Shipment Zero” which is intended to achieve net zero carbon emissions for 50% of its shipments by 2030, via methods including reusable packaging. Amazon is also introducing Amazon Day, a service that allows Prime members in the U.S. to select one day of the week to be their delivery day. This enables Amazon to group and deliver purchases together, which potentially reduces the number of packages. Whenever possible, Amazon ships products in their own packaging.

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