As the world moves towards a more eco-friendly outlook, big business around the nation have begun to do their bit to help the environment and cut down on plastic usage. The latest being budget supermarket chain, Lidl.
In an attempt to encourage shoppers to be more eco-conscious, the supermarket has announced that it will stop using black plastic bags across its entire fruit and vegetable range.
This means that you may not see the black plastic – which is not recyclable in the UK and cannot be detected by the sorting systems used for plastic recycling – in the store during your next trip to your local Lidl as they will be removed from all branches by the end of the month.
The supermarket predicts that the move will save an estimated 50 tonnes of black plastic waste a year and aim to remain committed to their plan, aiming to remove black plastic from its fresh meat, fish and poultry range as well by August 2019.
‘We recognise the current challenge that black plastic presents to the recycling industry, which is why we have made it our priority to remove it from our fresh ranges, Ryan McDonnell, Lidl’s Commercial Board Director said about the news. ‘As part of our commitment to achieving our ambitious targets, we are continually exploring opportunities to cut our packaging, and where packaging is necessary to protect food and minimise food waste, we will ensure that it is reusable, refillable or recyclable.’
The change comes after similar moves were made by competing supermarkets such as Iceland, who became the first UK supermarket to introduce a plastic deposit return scheme earlier this year, and Asda, who launched an initiative offering the public the chance to win a £10,000 award for helping then reduce their use of plastic.
It looks like the world really is becoming a better place.