Aldi UK continues sustainability drive

Date : 14 August 2019

Aldi UK is trialling removing the plastic from its steak packaging, in its latest initiative to reduce waste and be more environmentally friendly.

The trial

Aldi will be replacing the plastic packaging from its 'Specially Selected' range of steaks with a cardboard tray. The new packaging has been sourced from sustainably managed forests.

The trial will take place across over 380 stores. If successful, it will be rolled out to the entire estate by early 2020. It will also be extended to other meat products.

Plastic and packaging pledges

Aldi is working towards 10 plastic and packaging pledges;

  1. By 2022 100% of all own label packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable
  2. By 2025 100% of all products will be recyclable, reusable or compostable
  3. By 2025 packaging will be reduced by 50%
  4. By 2025 50% packaging will be made from recycled material
  5. Publically report on its packaging progress annually from 2019
  6. Educate customers on the importance of waste reduction, through community programmes
  7. Remove all single-use plastics by the end of 2018
  8. Reduce with other retailers to reduce its dependence on plastic
  9. Establish a Packaging Task Force with its buying teams and external experts to deliver these goals
  10. Support a Deposit Return Scheme in principle

Aldi is continually progressing with these pledges, as such, some have already been completed. Other recent initiatives include removing plastic from its toilet roll and removing plastic bags.