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25th March, 2019

Lidl cutting down on plastics use

German discount chain Lidl announced plans to reduce its plastic use by 210 tons by the end of the year as it will reduce the weight of PET bottles and cut back its plastic packaging.

From June, the discount retailer will use transparent, thinner and paint-free wrapping for the packaging of mineral water bottles, as the new packaging is recyclable and less harmful for the environment.

Lidl announced last year that it would reduce its use of plastics by 20% by 2025, and ensure that its own branded products can be fully recycled.

Lidl will ban the sale of disposable plastic products, straws, disposable plastic cups, plates, cutlery and cotton buds by the end of 2019.

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