Aldi Ireland has received the Green Retailer Award at this year’s Green Awards, which took place at The Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road on Tuesday, February 25th 2020.
Aldi was recognised for its company-wide commitment to a series of sustainability initiatives, including packaging and waste reduction, carbon reduction, biodiversity and staff training and awareness.
Over the past 12 months Aldi has introduced three new eco-friendly bags including reusable, compostable and paper bags. In addition, the retailer has removed all single use plastic bags for loose fruit and vegetable produce and replaced them with 100% compostable bags. Aldi also continues to invest heavily in new eco-friendly refrigeration and lighting systems and made a commitment to plant over 100,000 trees across Ireland by 2024.
The Green Awards, first established in 2008, recognise the extraordinary contribution and commitment that companies make towards growing a greener future in Irish business today.
Welcoming the award win, Aldi Group Buying Director John Curtin said: “It’s been arewarding year forsustainability and carbon offset at Aldi. We are very proud of the achievements we have made in areas such as plastic and packaging reduction, where this year we estimate our efforts have removed over 12 million plastic bags and 10 million black plastic trays from landfills annually.
“We have also invested over four million euro in environmentally-friendly refrigeration systems for our new stores and achieved zero food waste to-landfill through our food donation programme with our charity partner FoodCloud.
“We consider it a great honour to receive this Green Retailer Award. To be recognised at the Green Awards is something that all companies in the sustainability space aspire towards, and to be recognised as a stand-out amongst our retail competitors is something we can be very proud of.”
This is the third major sustainability award that Aldi has received in the last six months. The retailer was crowned Ireland’s Most Eco-Friendly Company at the Checkout Best In Fresh Awards in November 2019, while the Irish Red Cross Humanitarian Awards recently awarded Aldi the Corporate Impact Award, with Aldi’s efforts in waste reduction and carbon reduction highlighted in the respective wins.
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