Supermarket chain Aldi has committed to making 100% of its product packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
The move is part of the retailer’s efforts to help fight the global plastics crisis. It has plans to work with its supplier community on various initiatives.
Aldi said that packaging material across its own-branded product portfolio will be reduced by at least 15%, include How2Recycle label for its own-branded consumable packaging by 2020, and make private-label product packaging reusable by consumers by next year.
The company will also use internal expertise and external evaluations to enhance product packaging continuously.
Aldi US CEO Jason Hart said: “Aldi has never offered single-use plastic shopping bags. And while we’re pleased that we’ve helped keep billions of plastic grocery bags out of landfills and oceans, we want to continue to do more.
“The commitments we’re making to reduce plastic packaging waste are an investment in our collective future that we are proud to make.”
In March last year, Aldi announced its commitment to use only recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging for its own-label products by 2022.
The retailer has also recycled more than 250,000t of materials, including paper, cardboard, plastic and metal during last year.
In July 2018, it unveiled plans to use How2Recycle across all brand products in the next two years, as part of its commitment to sustainability.
Aldi currently operates more than 1,800 stores in 35 states serving more than 40 million customers each month across the US.