Reusable bag for veggies

Packaging

Our Approach

Product packaging plays an important role in protecting our products from damage and environmental influences in order to ensure quality of our products and to avoid food waste. However, we are aware that packaging can pose a threat to the environment if managed incorrectly and not integrated into the recycling process.

To tackle this issue, we have set ourselves ambitious goals aimed at increasing material efficiency and circularity of our ALDI own-brand product packaging. We are working with our business partners to push for more environmental-friendly packaging options across our product range. By adhering to the internationally recognised and legally established waste hierarchy, we strive to avoid oversized or unnecessary packaging material and maximise recyclability.

Our Actions

Working with experts

In collaboration with external experts, we have developed an international guideline for environmentally responsible product packaging, which includes recommendations and examples for evaluating sustainable product packaging. This guideline is based on the international waste hierarchy.

Reduce reuse recycle

Sustainable packaging innovations

TechForunds Accelator Programme
ALDI SOUTH Germany supports startups to promote innovative packaging solutions in collaboration with the Accelerator Programme TechFounders.

The evaluation and implementation of environmentally responsible product packaging across the ALDI SOUTH Group is conducted in cooperation with our business partners. We work with our suppliers on sustainable packaging innovations in order to be informed of current developments and possibilities for improvements in this sector.

Our Goals & Performance (2019)

Our Goals:

  1. All wood and paper-based components contained in the product packaging of our ALDI own-brand core range food and non-food products are to be produced from certified raw materials or recycled materials by the end of 2020.
  2. The total weight of our ALDI own-brand product packaging shall be reduced by 15% in relation to sales by the end of 2025. Suppliers have to ensure that a minimum amount of material is used without compromising the product safety.
  3. All ALDI own-brand product packaging have to be recyclable, compostable or reusable latest by the end of 2025.

Additionally to our international goals highlighted above, some of our national organisations have even more ambitious targets on weight reduction and recyclability in place.

54%

of products with certified/recycled product packaging

Our Projects

People standing in front of Plastic Bank
Copyright: Climate Partner
Project in Philippines, Indonesia, Haiti
Keeping plastic waste from entering the oceans

Plastic Bank is a social enterprise that makes plastic a currency. It helps to reduce packaging waste in the environment and at the same time fights poverty. Carelessly disposed plastic is collected and reprocessed into secondary raw material. Manufacturers which produce packaging or textiles can purchase these materials and reinsert it into more sustainable and socially ethical products. 

ALDI supports Plastic Bank both with funding and through our international carbon offsetting in collaboration with ClimatePartner.

More about 'Plastic Bank'

Sustainable Development Goals

9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure 12 Responsible consumption and production 14 Life below water 15 Life on land 17 Partnerships for the goals

UNGC

Environment

Principle 7

Precautionary approach to environmental challenges

Principle 8

Promote environmental responsibility

Principle 9

Development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies

GRI references

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

Global Reporting Initiative 103-1 Global Reporting Initiative 103-2 Global Reporting Initiative 103-3