Lidl has become the first supermarket in the UK to permanently introduce reusable bags for fruit and vegetables. The retailer has launched its reusable polyester bags in an effort to cut down on plastic use across the UK - and its Union Street store in Plymouth has now started stocking the new 'Green Bags', though the old style are still available.
Head of corporate responsibility at Lidl, Georgina Hall: "Ever since we opened our doors in Great Britain, 25 years ago, we have been strongly committed to finding ways to reduce our plastic waste. We've made changes - big and small - over the years to help contribute to this."
The supermarket chain aims to reduce plastic packaging by 20 per cent in the next three years and also wants to make changes to ensure all its own-brand packaging is recyclable.
Lidl has already removed black plastic from its fruit and veg range, as its not recyclable, and has replaced non-recyclable polystyrene pizza bases with cardboard ones - which can be recycled. The new drawstring reusable bags will help keep food secure, without unnecessary plastic. They cost 69p for a pack of two.