Sustainability at ALDI

We believe in acting with integrity no matter what we do. Whether it’s reducing our environmental impact, producing fair working conditions and ensuring animal welfare, we’re dedicated to taking the most appropriate measures.

ALDI Tops the Sustainability Chart

ALDI was recently ranked as the No. 1 most sustainable grocery retailer among seven of the most popular U.S. chain stores by Brightly.eco*, a community platform featuring ethical, sustainable brands from around the world. ALDI achieved this ranking as a result of our measurable actions and commitments to decrease harmful operational emissions and reduce plastic pollution. In 2019, ALDI made specific commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26% and make all product packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. We were also recognized for our dedication to create sustainable product lines as well as our continued use of sustainable energy sources throughout our network of stores, warehouses and corporate offices across the United States. This ranking solidifies ALDI as an industry leader when it comes to sustainability, and our ambitious targets within our sustainability charter inspire us to continue striving to achieve our sustainability goals.

*Brightly.eco analyzed these stores and awarded these scores: ALDI (43/50), Whole Foods (40/50), Target (30/50), Kroger (22/50), Costco (17/50), Walmart (15/50), Trader Joe’s (14/50).

Waste and Recovery

ALDI is the place for simply smarter shopping. To us, being smart means more than just providing high-quality products at low prices; it means working every day to help create a better world. Our long-time business model is inherently designed to create efficiency and reduce waste.
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Sustainable Packaging

Growing deforestation rates, rising carbon emissions and the littering of our earth’s land and oceans can all be connected to product packaging concerns. We are addressing these issues is by reducing our packaging and focusing on actions to reuse and recycle.
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Cocoa & Coffee

We work with farmers to promote sustainable practices to offer Fair Trade coffee and more than 100 certified cocoa products in all of our stores.
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Palm Oil

Since palm oil, a key ingredient in many foods, has been linked to global and environmental issues, we’re taking steps to offer healthier and safer alternatives.
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Seafood

When it comes to our seafood, we’re committed to deliver the most sustainable products from the most reputable sources.
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Cotton

We’re so committed to using sustainable cotton that we plan on incorporating it in all of our clothing and textiles by 2025.
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Animal Welfare

We’re committed to the well-being and proper care of animals. We responsibly source our meat, poultry, dairy and egg products and will not tolerate animal abuse or neglect throughout our supply chain.
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Global Production

As an international company with global supply chains, we are aware of our responsibility to respect human rights. That’s why we're committed to promoting workplace practices and conditions that are safe, fair and legal for everyone involved in making our products.
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Climate & Energy

We pride ourselves on being the go-to grocery store for smarter shopping. More than providing high-quality products at low prices, we work hard every day to reduce our carbon footprint.
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Pollinators

At ALDI, we want to make sure the way we do business supports our communities, our people and our world. We recognize the importance of pollinating species to our food supply and that colony health is essential. To further support the pollinator population, particularly honey bees, we’ve considered the views of various stakeholders including technical experts, academics, industry organizations, suppliers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In fact, we established a Pollinator Policy that applies to our produce, live plants and flowers.

Forestry

Forests are an essential natural resource. They filter the water we drink, the air we breathe, provide shelter for some of the world’s most endangered species and supply the world with a range of products. Responsibly managed forests are key to the future of our planet. We're committed to responsibly sourcing our wood, paper products and other resources in a way that supports sustainable forest management.

100% of our everyday items made with wood or pulp components, like bath and facial tissue, napkins and paper plates, are certified from well-managed forests.

Palm oil production is also a critical contributor to global deforestation. Learn more about our actions on Palm Oil.