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Putting the ‘green’ in greengrocer: German retailers increase commitment to FSC

Grocery shopping in Germany got a lot greener in 2018. 

Leading retailers Lidl, Aldi, and Edeka published their purchasing guidelines, focusing on the procurement of FSC-certified paper and wood.

According to Lidl’s Position Paper for the Purchase of Cellulose, published in July 2018, it intends to switch to FSC-certified virgin fibre materials for all food packaging in Germany by the end of 2018. 

For non-food items, including textiles packaging, garden and camping products, furniture, and stationery, Lidl wants to switch to FSC by 2020. The retailer is currently active in about 30 countries and generates global sales of about 70 billion Euros (EUR).

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Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd each published a wood purchasing policy at the beginning of 2018, favouring the procurement of FSC-certified products under certain circumstances.

For example, Aldi Nord requires FSC if the products come from ‘high-risk’ countries.

Edeka had previously announced plans to switch to Blue Angel-verified materials for recycled wood, paper and tissue, and FSC for virgin fiber. This objective was achieved by the end of 2017 for their private label packaging.

By taking these steps, these retailers are joining other German end-user retailers which have, for some time, demanded FSC-certified materials for their products, catalogues or internally used paper.