Growing deforestation rates, rising carbon emissions and littered waste on land and in oceans are major concerns. One way we address these issues is by reducing our packaging and increasing recyclability, as outlined in our International Position Paper on Packaging.
Our commitment includes a focus on increased recyclability, reduction of packaging material, incorporating post-consumer recycled content in plastic packaging and fiber sourcing for all of our ALDI-exclusive products. All fiber-based primary packaging components for our core range products are sourced from certified responsibly managed forests or contain 70% recycled content.
We’re 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.
We’re a founding activator of the U.S. Plastics Pact, a collaborative, solutions-driven initiative aimed at creating a path towards a circular economy for plastic packaging in the United States by 2025.
We supported the development of the FMI Sustainable Packaging Playbook. This guide was created to assist retailers and suppliers in better understanding ways to design sustainable packaging, including recyclability.
Common Packaging Misconceptions
Resin Identification Codes can be misleading when it comes to packaging recyclability. Just because something has a number on it doesn’t mean it’s recyclable. For example, all 3s and 7s are “Not Yet Recyclable” in the How2Recycle program. Many other packages are rendered “Not Yet Recyclable” by other packaging design decisions. When unsure whether a certain item may be recyclable, it’s always best to reach out to your local recycling facility to find out what may be available in your area.