Lidl GB sets ambitious new targets to tackle plastic waste
#Lidl GB has revealed a new set of ambitious plastic and #packaging reduction targets, after it made significant progress against existing pledges. The new goals form part of its strategy to eliminate plastic waste.
Lidl has expanded its commitment to reducing own label plastic packaging, targeting a 40% reduction by 2025. This follows the retailer being on track to meet its 20% plastic reduction target two years ahead of schedule, having reduced own-label plastic use by 18% since 2017.
To further advance efforts to cut down on plastic waste, it has also committed to reducing the total amount of own label packaging by 25% by 2025.
Ryan McDonnell, chief commercial officer at Lidl GB, commented: ‘Our unique business model allows us to adapt and innovate at pace and we are proud of the progress we have made to date in tackling excessive plastic use. Protecting the environment is a responsibility we take very seriously, and we know there is more to do. This is why we have significantly expanded our targets to help accelerate the impact we are having on cutting plastics, and we are proud to be working collaboratively with our suppliers to find solutions.’
In recent months, the company has begun removing lids from pots of creams and yoghurts, as well as lightweighting the packaging for its Beef, lamb, poultry and milk packaging, saving nearly 400 tonnes of plastic per year. By the end of this year, it will have eliminated problematic plastic packaging, including black plastic, PVC and EPS, from its own label core food range. As part of this goal Lidl has already removed over 1500 tonnes of unrecyclable black plastic from its shelves.
The retailer will also ensure that, by January 2021, 100% of pulp and fibre based own label packaging in its core food range will be either responsibly sourced from FSC, PEFC, or equivalent, or made using recycled content.