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ALDI Pledges to Make All Packaging Reusable, Recyclable or Compostable by 2025

Just one of several commitments to keep consumer containers out of landfills


Food shopping can sometimes be frustrating, even discouraging. And I'm not talking about the prices, or the feeling when you can't find something you need.

I'm talking about the little voice in my head that says things like 'that plastic container can't be recycled' (read our previous story to find out why ). Or: 'remember, our recycler isn't taking glass bottles and jars anymore' ( click here for our story on that ).

Which is why I was intrigued to see a piece on Treehugger revealing that the supermarket chain ALDI is making a bold pledge: by 2025, 100 percent of ALDI packaging, including plastic packaging, will have reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging . This from the company that has never offered single-use plastic grocery bags, keeping 15 billion single-use plastic bags out of landfills and oceans.

Since most ALDI brands are exclusive to them, they can influence manufacturers when it comes to packaging.

The company says they can do this because 90 percent of what they sell is ALDI-exclusive. So they can influence how the company's products are sourced, produced and brought to supermarket shelves.

In addition to the reusable/recyclable/compostable pledge, they're going to work with their manufacturers and suppliers to:

  • Reduce the amount of packaging in their ALDI-exclusive products by at least 15% by 2025.
  • Ensure all of their exclusive products packaging have a How-to-How2Recycle label by next year.
  • Launch an initiative to make private-label product packaging easier for customers to reuse by next year.

Greenpeace Senior Oceans Campaigner David Pinsky says, "ALDI US is taking steps in the right direction by acknowledging its role in the plastic pollution crisis, and beginning to embrace reduction and reuse."

"The commitments we're making to reduce plastic packaging waste are an investment in our collective future that we are proud to make." Jason Hart, CEO ALDI U.S

ALDI US has more than 1,800 U.S. stores in 35 states, serves more than 40 million customers each month.

(Images: ALDI Facebook page )

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