Almost all (96 per cent) of Aldi’s paper and cardboard packaging is either recycled or comes from sustainable sources, according to Consumer Focus’s Green to the Core report. The supermarket with the lowest recycled or sustainable content in its cardboard packaging is Lidl, at 35 per cent.
The report recommends that supermarkets take measures to bring their packaging policies in line with customer’s concerns. It claims that 79 per cent of consumers believe that products are over-packaged, with 82 per cent concerned that packaging is a ‘major environmental problem’.
On-pack labelling relating to recycling was also examined in the study, which found ‘a lot of good work’ in this area. The Co-op, Sainsbury’s and Aldi labelled all of their cereals with a recycle or recyclability logo.
The study also found that that most of the major supermarkets – with the exception of Lidl – are working with the Waste & Resources Action Programme on a national standardised on-pack recycling label scheme.