Supermarket also to introduce new energy saving chiller doors to all its stores
Aldi Ireland is removing all outer cardboard boxes from its fresh poultry, pork, beef, lamb and select fish lines. The move will mean over 2,300 tonnes less packaging will be used in Aldi stores each year, saving an equivalent of 4.2 million kg in carbon emissions each year.
Working with its Irish suppliers, Aldi’s fresh meat, fish, and poultry ranges will be transported to stores in reusable crates, eliminating the need for cardboard boxes on shelves. The crates will be cleaned and returned to the producer to be used repeatedly.
This is the latest improvement as part of Aldi’s long-term plastic and packaging reduction programme, which is working to reduce plastic packaging on all Aldi products by 50% by 2025, and to ensure 100% of Aldi’s own-label packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable by the end of next year. Since introducing the programme, Aldi has removed more than 2,150 tonnes of virgin plastic from its 147 Irish stores in addition to replacing almost 930 tonnes of non-recyclable material with recyclable alternatives.
The announcement comes as Aldi is also set to introduce new energy-saving chiller doors to its new and newly refurbished stores. The move will reduce each store’s energy consumption by approximately 20%, equivalent to a carbon emissions saving of up to 20 tonnes per store each year.
Commenting, John Curtin, Aldi Group Buying Director, said: “The new reduced packaging and energy initiatives announced today highlight the importance of not just making our products more eco-friendly, but also the way we present and transport them in stores. We are looking at every aspect of our supply chain to find packaging and energy savings and to make sure when shopping at Aldi it’s as green as possible.
Over the past year, Aldi has made huge progress towards achieving its targets to reduce and remove the amount of packaging used across its stores. Successes include:
Car park capacity to grow by over 40% in winter 2023
Aldi Ireland today submitted a planning application to extend the capacity of its Oranmore store car park by over 40%. The good news for Oranmore shoppers will see an additional 39 free car parking spaces added, bringing the total capacity to 131.
Aldi’s Clifden “Project Fresh” store has reopened its doors to customers following an extensive €1 million renovation project, which has seen the store completely refurbished.
The newly refurbished store has received a full makeover in line with Aldi’s award-winning Project Fresh design. Aldi’s Project Fresh store layout was recognised at the Checkout National Retail Supplier Awards, by scooping the Best New Store Build award for Aldi’s Ennistymon store, one of Aldi’s first Project Fresh stores.