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Supermarket chain Lidl has introduced reusable bags for loose fruit and vegetables in a bid to cut down on plastic waste

The retailer, which hopes to reduce its plastic packaging by 20 percent in the next three years, now offers customers to buy two reusable bags with drawstring openings for 69p.

‘Strongly committed’

Georgina Hall, head of corporate social responsibility at Lidl, said: “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. Today’s announcement is the next step, and one which we hope will help customers shift to a truly reusable option.”

People on social media praised the chain for the new product, with one person writing: “Fantastic news, I’ve been using reusable cotton fruit and veg bags for some time now. The staff at my local Lidl thought they were a great idea. Well done Lidl.”

While others criticized the supermarket for not having enough loose fruit and veg in stores – stating: “Most of the fruit and veg is still in plastic packaging.”

Black plastic

Last year, Lidl announced it would drop black plastic from its produce packaging as it cannot be recycled. 

According to The Guardian estimated that the change will help save 50 tonnes of black plastic waste each year – a number forecasted to grow.

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.