// Lidl becomes latest UK grocer to launch reusable fruit & veg bags
// The bags are priced at 69p for two
// Lidl aims to reduce plastic packaging by 20% by 2022
Lidl has become the latest grocer to introduce reusable fruit and veg bags in its stores across the UK, in a bid to reduce plastic waste.
The bags are priced at 69p for two, and offer customers a reusable alternative to plastic single-use, small fruit and vegetable bags.
The German discounter remains firm on its commitment to combat plastic waste, and has said it aims to reduce plastic packaging by 20 per cent by 2022.
“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,” Lidl UK head of corporate social responsibility Georgina Hall said.
Meanwhile, Lidl’s initiative to remove all single-use carrier bags from sale in 2017 resulted in 26 million fewer plastic bags being sold annually.
In late July this year, Big 4 grocer Sainsbury’s announced plans to replace loose fruit and veg plastic bags for reusable produce bags as part of a one-month trial.
It allows shoppers to choose to use their own containers to package the produce or purchase a reusable drawstring bag made from 100 per cent recycled materials for 30p.
Meanwhile, Morrisons last year reintroduced traditional brown paper bags in stores for loose fresh fruit and vegetables, which are made from 100 per cent recyclable paper.