Sustainable Textiles

Garment and household textiles are a regular component of our Special Buys™. It is important to us that these products are produced in an environmentally and socially responsible way.

Responsible Textile Production

Our goal for the future is to further expand our range of sustainable textiles and create even greater transparency in ALDI’s supply chains. Find out how we are taking steps towards this goal.

Social Monitoring Program

We have developed and implemented a Social Monitoring Program (SMP) to monitor suppliers’ adherence to our ALDI Stores Supplier Standards. When final production of a product takes place in a high-risk country and commodity group, the site will undergo a third-party audit report. This includes products such as garment textiles produced overseas and fresh produce here in Australia.

ALDI Social Assessments     

ALDI Social Assessments (ASAs) are reviews of production facilities that are carried out by our own employees together with external expert auditors and business partner representatives. The goal is to gain a better understanding of our supply chains and to foster stronger relationships with our business partners. ASAs are done on an announced, semi-announced or unannounced basis.

Corporate Responsibility Supplier Evaluation (CRSE)

We annually evaluate the CR performance of all our international garment textiles business partners. The Corporate Responsibility Supplier Evaluation (CRSE) focuses on our business partners’ social and environmental compliance management systems as well as their production facilities’ CR performance. The evaluation supports long-term relationships with those business partners who demonstrate strong CR practices.

Supply Chain Traceability

Understanding our supply chains and how our products are made is important for ALDI’s business. We trace textiles from final production all the way back to the processing of raw materials.

Sustainable Fibres

Increasing the use of sustainable materials in ALDI products is important to us. We are always looking for innovative ways to ensure that our products are produced in a responsible way. See examples below.

Cotton

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Cotton accounts for the majority of all fibres used in the garments and household textiles that we offer at ALDI. However there are social ramifications to its production. Many of the world’s cotton farmers are located in developing countries where labour, health and safety regulations are poor or not enforced most of the time.

With this in mind, we have committed to using 100% sustainable cotton in our ALDI-exclusive garments and household textiles by 2025. We also refrain from using cotton from countries where cultivation and harvesting are systematically associated with human rights violations. When buying cotton, we use independent third-party certification schemes. These schemes promote social and/or environmental standards in cotton cultivation and processing.

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Learn more about these schemes and ALDI’s approach to cotton here.

Recycled Polyester

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We regularly look into new, sustainable fibre alternatives and recycled materials. To increase the share of sustainable materials, we work with organisations like REPREVE, who produce a high quality, recycled polyester made of PET bottles. Plastic bottles are sorted, washed and chopped into flake. The flake is then blended, melted and turned into REPREVE recycled chip and loaded into a silo that can hold the equivalent of up to 27 million plastic bottles. From here the chip is transformed into fibres which are then used for multiple types of products around the world, including here at ALDI. Learn more about REPREVE on their website here.

How to Find Sustainable Home Textiles at ALDI

We know it can be tricky to quickly find out in-store if a product has been sustainably made. There are a few labels you can look out for in ALDI stores that make it easy. Keep an eye out for these labels and feel confident that the next purchase you make, of a home textile product at ALDI, is the best choice for you. 

The ‘Confidence in Textiles’ label

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Look out for the ‘Confidence in Textiles’ label on a large number of our ALDI household textile products. All ‘Confidence in Textiles’ certified products have successfully passed tests for harmful substances according to OEKO-TEX® Standard 100.
OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is an independent test and certification system for all types of textiles tested for harmful substances - from threads and fabrics to the ready-to-use items. If a textile article carries the STANDARD 100 label, you can be certain that every component of this article, i.e. every thread, button and other accessories, has been tested for harmful substances and that the article therefore is harmless for human health.
The OEKO- TEX® Association works with a comprehensive catalogue of criteria when testing and certifying products. The catalogue contains more than 100 testing parameters to make certain that textiles used in products will not harm consumers.
You can shop our "Confidence in textiles" labelled products confidently because they do not contain dangerous substances. You can learn more about Oeko-Tex on their website.

The ‘Made in Green’ label

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We believe that transparency creates trust. Items with the Oeko-Tex ‘Made in Green’ label feature a unique product ID and/or QR code that allow you to trace the article’s production. Each product ID provides information such as the country that the item was manufactured in. 

The Made in Green label ensures that the product has been manufactured in a socially and environmentally compliant facility. The label also confirms that the product is made of materials that have been tested for harmful substances. Look out for the Made in Green label in store when making your next household textiles purchase. Read more about Oeko-Tex and how we are reducing harmful substances in production here.

Discover ALDI’s international sustainable textiles initiatives here.

ALDI diverted almost 30,000kg of textile waste from landfill

In 2021 ALDI Australia store employees returned 29,688kg of used textiles during a uniform refresh. In line with ALDI’s value of responsibility, we took control of our impact on the environment and repurposed these worn textile items back into useable items such as blankets, socks and carpet underlays through our partnership with Textile Recyclers Australia (TRA).

Frequently Asked Questions


Oeko-Tex stands for customer confidence and high product safety. If a product carries the STANDARD 100 label, you can be confident that every component of this article has been tested for harmful substances and that the article therefore is harmless to human health.