Aldi UK has announced a new commitment to reduce the volume of plastic packaging used by 50 percent by 2025 in the U.K.
The U.K. arm of the Germany-based supermarket chain plans to remove 74,000 metric tons of plastic packaging during the next five years, the equivalent to 2.2 billion single items of plastic.
According to Aldi, to achieve this target, the company will work to remove and reduce unnecessary packaging and switch to alternative materials. Where plastic is required, it will be recyclable and made of recycled material wherever possible.
The new target is part of Aldi’s overall strategy to ensure that all its private-label product packaging is recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022, with all branded products sold at Aldi following suite by 2025.
Since introducing its plastic-reduction strategy in March 2018, Aldi reports that it has removed more than 6,000 metric tons of plastic and replaced more than 3,200 metric tons of unrecyclable material with recyclable alternatives.
“We are stepping up our efforts to reduce the amount of plastic packaging used across our business because it is the right thing to do for a sustainable future,” says Giles Hurley, CEO of Aldi in the U.K. and Ireland. “We know this issue matters to our customers too and are confident they will support our initiatives to reduce plastic in the coming years.”
According to Aldi, the company has been working closely with its suppliers in recent months to develop ways to reduce avoidable plastics. These include replacing plastic wrapping on toilet rolls with a paper alternative, removing over lids from cream and yogurts and eradicating plastic lids from packs of its Mamia baby wipes.
“We can only achieve our long-term plastic reduction targets with support from suppliers. The response we have received so far has been extremely positive and we look forward to working with them to develop further innovative packaging solutions,” Hurley says.
Aldi will report annual progress against its plastics and packaging targets via its website.