Aldi announced today that 100% of its own-label packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022, while Lidl will do so by 2025.
The pledge comes as Aldi’s Irish and UK operations plan to reduce its packaging and plastics, with the retailer committing to a 50% reduction in all product packaging by 2025. Relative to 2015 levels, this would mean that half of all Aldi product packaging would be made from recycled material in seven year's time.
Giles Hurley, Group Managing Director of Aldi Ireland, called on others to follow their lead.
“We cannot do this alone, and call on others to collaborate with us and drive change industry-wide," he said.
“That includes reducing waste, particularly around unnecessary packaging and plastics that damage the environment we live in.”
Lidl intends to reduce plastic packaging volumes by 20% by 2022, and also hopes that by 2025 100% of own-brand packaging recyclable, reusable, refillable or renewable.
J.P. Scally, Managing Director of Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland said:
"We have looked at plastic packaging in the context of our wider sustainability commitments and strongly believe that our circular approach will deliver a viable long-term solution without compromising on our ability to deliver exceptional value to customers."
- Digital Desk