Lidl removes 1 billion pieces of plastic from stores

Lidl has got rid of more than one billion pieces of plastic from stores across Great Britain as part of a strategy to eliminate plastic waste.

The discount retailer has removed over 24 million plastic trays and punnets from its fruit and vegetable ranges and up to 25 million plastic lids from dairy and yoghurt ranges.

In addition, the discounter has cut nearly 19 million plastic tags from its fruit and vegetable lines and three and a half million pieces of plastic packaging on fresh flowers.

The budget supermarket chain has also pledged to remove one and a half billion pieces of plastic from its British stores by the end of 2021 and two billion pieces by the end of 2022.

“It is fantastic that we have been able to reach this significant milestone which demonstrates our commitment to tackling excessive plastic waste and working collaboratively with all of our suppliers,” said Christian Härtnagel, chief executive at Lidl GB. “We recognise, however, there is still more to do in this area which is why we are pushing to go further by removing even more pieces of plastic from our stores and packaging over the next two years and rolling-out our leading ocean-bound plastic packaging across more and more categories in our stores.”

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