Growing deforestation rates, rising carbon emissions and the littering of our earth’s land and oceans can all be connected with product packaging concerns. When focusing on the improvement of product packaging, we aim to first reduce packaging, then focus on actions for reuse and recycling, as outlined in our International Position Paper on Packaging.
This commitment includes a focus on recyclability, reduction and fiber sourcing. For our fiber packaging, we’re evaluating opportunities to increase the amount of sustainable forestry and recycled material we source for fiber based packaging in our everyday products, like cereal, flour, pasta and facial tissue. Our goal is to source all fiber-based primary packaging components from certified responsibly managed forests or recycled content for our core range products by the end of 2020.
In addition to our fiber based packaging goal, we have committed to the following sustainable packaging goals for all of our ALDI-exclusive products:
- By 2025, 100% of ALDI-exclusive products, including plastic packaging, will have reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging;
- By 2025, packaging material of all ALDI-exclusive products to be reduced by at least 15%;
- By 2020, implement an initiative to make private-label product packaging easier for customers to reuse;
- Guide continuous improvement of product packaging by internal expertise and external evaluations.
ALDI is also a proud member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC). The Sustainable Packaging Coalition is a membership-based collaborative led by an independent non-profit that believes in the power of industry to make packaging more sustainable. Using an objective life-cycle-based approach, the SPC works in a constructive atmosphere to provide thought leadership and bring SPC members together to strengthen and advance the business case for more sustainable packaging.
Additionally, we’ve partnered with How2Recycle to feature How2Recycle labels on our product packaging. With an aim to increase recycling rates, these labels provide clear instructions regarding recyclability for each packaging component. We will complete our transition to this label by 2020 to help everyone recycle more and recycle better.