REDUCING SINGLE USE PLASTIC

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At Lidl, we’re proud of our work to reduce and recycle plastic across our stores. We are fully committed to tackling plastic waste and understand that it is up to each of us to reduce our plastic consumption.

We’re currently reducing the amount of plastic in our packaging by a massive 40% and all our packaging will be recyclable by 2025. Find out more here.

To get you started, we've pulled together easy ways to reduce your plastic use both in-store at Lidl and when you're out and about.

TOP TIPS TO REDUCE SINGLE USE PLASTIC

  • Refill your reusable water bottle

    Every year in the UK we use approximately 13 billion plastic bottles, only half of these get recycled!

  • Don't forget your reusable shopping bag

    Reusable bags are only better for the environment when we remember to use them!

  • Stick to eco friendly wrapping

    At Lidl we now offer a reusable bag for your fruit and vegetables.

  • Use clean cutlery

    Why not try a spork, or if you're feeling fancy how about a metal straw for enjoying drinks when you're out?

  • Always reuse and refill

    Ditch plastic and switch to a bar of soap rather than a bottle, and swap shampoos and cleaning products to refillable containers.

  • Coffee!

    Stick to your home brews or switch to a reuseable coffee cup whilst you are on the go.

Get yourself a reusable water bottle

Bottle

Every year in the UK we use approximately 13 billion plastic bottles. Switching from disposable plastic bottles to a water bottle that will last will save you money when you’re on the go. Not sure where to fill up? Check out this refill app to find out where you can refill your water bottle for free throughout the UK.

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In 2017, we removed all single-use carrier bags from our stores which resulted in 26 million fewer plastic bags being sold a year.

Despite this, we’ve all probably forgotten to bring our reusable bag with us in the past. This causes a dilemma because reusable bags are only better for the environment when we remember to use them. We recommend keeping a few in your car or at the bottom of your everyday bag so you don’t forget! We sell a range of reusable bags including ones made out of cotton and jute.
 

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Ditch unnecessary plastic

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  1. Materials like cling film can be unnecessary and often get thrown away after one use. Tupperware and reusable containers are a great alternative for storing food and keeping your leftovers fresh.
  2. At Lidl we now offer reusable bags for your fruit and veg. These help make plastic-free shopping easy whilst keeping your fruit and veg in tip-top condition. We’ve sold over 1.5 million bags so far - check them out next time you’re in store and remember to bring yours shopping if you already have them!

In other news, we’ve also saved over 200 tonnes of plastic (to date) from beef and lamb packaging, 100 tonnes from fresh poultry trays, and over 70 tonnes from our milk bottles (which now contain up to 30% recycled content).

No more black plastic

Black plastic

Try to avoid black plastic where you can. It can’t be recycled, so it either ends up in landfill or burned. At Lidl, we have removed all black plastics from Lidl fruit and veg, ready meals, biscuits, meat, fish and poultry - that’s 1,500 tonnes to date, and we have committed to removing it from our entire core food range by the end of 2020.

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Use clean cutlery

Cutlery

Used only for a few moments, your single use fork, knife or spoon can take over 200 years to decompose! Why not try taking cutlery from home when you’re on the go - or, if you’re feeling fancy, how about a metal straw for enjoying drinks when you’re out?

Reuse and Refill

Reuse refill

Cleaning and beauty products often contain unnecessary plastic. Ditch the plastic and switch to a bar of soap rather than a bottle, and swap shampoos and cleaning products for refillable containers.

We are the first retailer to launch an own brand refillable cleaning spray kit, using dissolvable tabs which have the same cleaning power as a whole bottle of traditional cleaning sprays. These 100% recycled bottles help customers cut down on single-use plastics. The new refillable and reusable cleaning kit uses 99% less single-use plastic compared to conventional trigger-spray bottles for cleaning products.

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Coffee to go please

Coffee

Did you know that 94% of coffee cups used in the UK are not recycled? The tricky mix of plastic film inside of the cups mean they need special recycling facilities which aren’t widely available. Not only are disposable coffee cups a headache for recyclers, they are a big problem for the planet. Most of them end up in landfill or get incinerated. We recommend either sticking to your at-home brews or switching to a reusable coffee cup whilst you are on the go.