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You'll Never See This in the ALDI Produce Section Again

It's all part of a much bigger plan...
Aldi store front

ALDI will phase out foam from its produce packaging by the end of 2021 in an effort to reduce waste, the grocery store chain recently revealed in a sustainability update.

Some fruits and vegetables at ALDI are packaged using polystyrene foam, a material which contains potentially harmful chemicals and never decomposes. Instead, the company will switch to reusable, recyclable, or compostable materials with a goal of reducing packaging materials by 15% come 2025. (Related: Grocery Shortages To Expect in 2021, According to Experts)

Updating produce packaging is another part of the ongoing sustainability efforts at ALDI. The low-cost grocery chain now uses natural refrigerants in about 400 of its stores and all of its warehouses. It also has solar panels set up at 111 stores and 12 distribution centers—and the list goes on!

"The global impact of plastics can't be ignored," Jason Hart, the CEO of ALDI U.S., says. "We can't get rid of plastic everywhere overnight, but we continue to work to eliminate plastics anywhere we can. Where we do need plastic, we are committed to choosing materials that contribute to a circular plastic economy."

Speaking of getting rid of plastic, did you know that ALDI has never used single-use plastic bags at its checkout counters? It only sells cloth and reusable plastic bags, which have purportedly kept more than 15 billion bags out of nature.

These aren't the only big moves happening at the supermarket chain as of late. For more, here are 5 Changes Aldi is Making Now. And to get all of the latest grocery store news delivered right to your email inbox every day, sign up for our newsletter!

Amanda McDonald
Amanda is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That!. Read more