Aldi UK: strong commitment to plastic reduction

Lucy Ingram
Retail Analyst

Date : 20 February 2020

Aldi UK has reinforced its plastic reduction pledge by issuing suppliers with a warning that they could be delisted if they do not meet its plastic packaging reduction targets, according to NamNews.

Non-negotiable plastic reduction targets

Aldi aims to reduce its plastic packaging by 25% over the next three years. As part of this, it has pledged 100% of its private label range will be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022.

The retailer has stated that these commitments are non-negotiable and that it is looking to work with suppliers who can lead and adapt in this area.

Aldi is also set to introduce a set of initiatives that aim to reduce the number of plastic bags sold in its stores. It has put the price of its flexi-loop ‘bags for life’ up from 9p to 15p to encourage their reuse. The new price will be effective from Monday 24th February. The revenue generated as a consequence of the price increase will be used to finance future packaging reduction initiatives.

Sustainability is increasingly driving decision making

We expect to see plastic reduction and sustainability increasingly driving decision making for many retailers. In 2019 we saw this, with Tesco issuing suppliers with a warning that plastic reduction was becoming a must for working with them.

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