Aldi received the award at Repak’s 2021 Pakman Awards hosted at the Shelbourne Hotel, with judges praising Aldi for its efforts in recycling and supporting the circular economy by reducing and limiting plastic in their product packaging. Two other companies won the Gold Winner award on Friday evening ‐ Coca Cola and Lidl Ireland.
The Pakman Awards are the national environmental awards that recognise recycling and waste managementamong businesses, organisations, community groups and individuals in Ireland.
Aldi has set ambitious targets to reduce and remove the amount of plastic used across its business. These include:
The programme has also seen Aldi become the first Irish supermarket to:
Since committing to its plastic-reduction targets, Aldi has removed more than 2,150 tonnes of virgin plastic from its 148 Irish stores and replaced over 930 tonnes of unrecyclable material with recyclable alternatives.
Welcoming the win, Niall O’Connor, Aldi Group Managing Director, said: “We are dedicated to reducing, reusing and recycling all packaging as well as making shopping sustainably as easy as possible for all our customers. Winning the Plastic Pledge Member of the Year Award recognises the great work our staff, suppliers and packaging partners have undertaken to reduce and remove plastic from our supply chain. We understand customers are constantly looking for more sustainable ways to shop with us, and we are committed to our plastic pledges and minimising the amount of plastic and packaging used in our stores.”
Retailer Unveils its First-Ever Sustainability Report in Ireland
ALDI Ireland, voted the most sustainable supermarket in the country according to the 2023 RepTrak Sustainability Index, is today announcing a significant milestone. The release of its inaugural sustainability report includes ambitious packaging targets and a pledge that 70% of its sales will come from healthier food options by 2025.