ALDI has communicated its plans to fight plastic pollution, joining the many companies keen to show their efforts.
The store announced its intention that by 2025, all of ALDI packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable and is redesigning packaging to reduce material consumption by a minimum 15%. Something made more achievable thanks to over 90% of the store’s offer being exclusive to ALDI, allowing them to drive change through direct communication with its suppliers. The ALDI-exclusive products will also see a minimum 15% decrease in packaging material by 2025. While five years seems a long way off, as early as next year all products with disposable packaging will include How2Recycle labels, a standardized labeling system, to encourage better management of waste at the consumer level.
For over fourty years, ALDI stores in the US have been plastic single-use plastic bag free, instead requiring that shoppers bring their own. While Singapore doesn't have an ALDI, it's interesting to wonder whether the BYO culture would have been received by the public.
ALDI has a large Corporate Responsibility program, combating food waste, supporting natural disaster relief efforts and building stronger communities. They give in time and resources through their employee volunteerism and donations and are one of Feeding America's Leadership Partner.