ALDI Australia is committed to doing the right thing in every aspect of our operations and understand our responsibility to the community and the planet.
As a business we have taken the significant step of announcing commitments to reducing plastics and packaging, which guide our actions to reduce our use of plastic packaging by 2025, as well as remove certain single-use and problematic plastics from our stores.
Our plastics and packaging commitments align with steps we have already taken to reduce our environmental impact such as never offering single use plastic carrier bags, which has avoided 40,000 tonnes of plastic from entering the environment. Other positive changes to packaging solutions include introducing 100% recycled and recyclable packaging to our Green Action Laundry Liquid and Wool Wash, and removing over 11 million single-use plastic forks from our noodle bowls and cups.
We have also started to roll out the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) on ALDI branded products, which further educates customers on the importance of packaging waste reduction.
We have led the industry on a number of environmental programs, including being the first and only supermarket to offer a national battery-recycling scheme, the first supermarket to eliminate phosphate from our entire laundry range and the first to eliminate microbeads storewide.
A big focus at ALDI is our commitment to sourcing food products sustainably. We work with suppliers to ensure that the raw materials that make up our products are grown and produced sustainably. We stock the largest range of Fairtrade coffee, tea and chocolate and only use 100% sustainably sourced palm oil in our products. We also have the largest range of private-label MSC certified fish and seafood compared to any other Australian retailer.
To avoid unsold food from going to waste, every ALDI store in Australia is linked to one or more food rescue partners, including OzHarvest, Foodbank and SecondBite. In 2019, we donated over 10 million meals and 34,000 kilograms of non-food items to charity partners.
When it comes to sustainability in-store, over the last few years the majority of our store network has received an upgrade to our new look format. These refurbished stores feature redesigned shelving, expanded wooden produce bays, as well as extended energy efficient chillers. As energy management remains a key priority for ALDI, these stores also have energy efficient LED lighting.
We are proud of the role we can play as one of Australia’s leading retailers to influence positive change, not only in our business but within our community and supply chain.