Aldi announces plans to reduce plastic packaging


LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: Logos adorn an Aldi supermarket on Old Kent Road on September 29, 2014 in London, England. Aldi has reported a 65% increase in profits, and is planning to open 65 new stores next year. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

Aldi said on Wednesday it will begin reducing the use of plastic packaging in an effort to “help combat the global plastics crisis.”

The grocery chain says 100 percent of Aldi packaging, including plastic packaging will have reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025. 

The brand also plans to reduce packaging material of all ALDI-exclusive products by at least 15 percent by 2025. 

Aldi says 100 percent of ALDI-exclusive consumable packaging will have a How2Recycle label by 2020. They will also make private-label product packaging easier for customers to reuse. 

“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,” Jason Hart, CEO of Aldi U.S., said in a statement. “The commitments we’re making to reduce plastic packaging waste are an investment in our collective future that we are proud to make.”

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