We already love Aldi for its cheese selection. Why not add another reason to the list? The grocery chain recently announced that it will make the switch to 100 percent sustainable packaging by the year 2025.
With its no-plastic-bag policy, the store has been ahead of the eco-friendly game for almost four decades, but this move means that everything you buy at Aldi will be either reusable, recyclable, compostable or edible (naturally).
According to a recent press release, the grocery chain has already outlined some pretty comprehensive goals: By 2025, 100 percent of Aldi packaging (including plastic packaging) will be reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging and packaging material of Aldi-exclusive products will be reduced by at least 15 percent; and by 2020, 100 percent of Aldi-exclusive consumable packaging will include a “How2Recycle” label and the company will start an initiative to make private-label product packaging easier for customers to reuse.
Of course, we have a few follow-up questions. How, exactly, will they make things reusable? Will prices go up because of this initiative? Will other stores follow suit?
According to company estimates, Aldi has has already helped keep about 15 billion single-use plastic bags out of landfills and oceans. And in 2018, Aldi recycled more than 250,000 tons of materials, including paper, cardboard, plastic and metal, avoiding the greenhouse gas equivalent of 8,094,533 gallons of gasoline. And we thought we were just in it for the cheese.