They have been condemned for their unsustainable fishing practices - selling canned tuna that is grossly overfished, and also for misleading consumers with their package labelling.
I'm not trying to tell people where to shop, just explaining why *I* don't shop there
They also use unsustainable palm oil in their products and have a bad animal welfare reputation in Europe
I also won't shop at Aldi either - IGA is the only supermarket chain whose home brand products are considered ethical
Thank you. It confused me a little bit though. Most Aldi products are normal products that you'd buy at the supermarket that has been relabelled by the company that makes it. So Aldi goes to a company (Say Sony as an example) and requests they make a product for their stores but "Aldi" package it. Some do it and some don't. The only information I've found in regards to Aldis child labour (and their issues with unions in overseas factories that supply their stores) have been in the UK and I thought the Australian Aldi was a seperate company from the UK one. Not saying you're wrong or anything, I just like to know this stuff. =) Thank you for explaining though. Will not look deeper into the seperation between the Aldi UK company and Aldi AUS one though.
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Love Aldi, I don't like their gravy or powdered stock but like most other things. Meat is good and veg is hit and miss.
As for ethics, in our ethical shopping book Coles and Woolies have a big black cross but Aldi doesn't so I had assumed they were okay?
I like the alai hazelnut choc block.
Not aldi brand but they sell gaytime ice cream cheaper than other supermarket and dh reckons they have really good Japanese beer cheaper than other shops.
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We buy most of our shopping from aldi and only go elsewhere for what they don't sell.
The chocolate, ice cream, cheese, dip, bread and nappies/wipes are great. Most stuff is really. Their toilet rolls are also good quality. And love their offers for clothes etc. Got loads of singlets, socks and undies for the kids recently and Thomas t shirts for DS this week!
I'm a fan of the nappies, not so much the wipes. I found the block cheese a bit tasteless though. Wrt listeria, the brand that had the issues s also available in Woolies, so I think they were just unlucky to get the bad batch. Their organic fair trade chocolate is the bomb, although my local always sells out of the dark one :-/
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