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Lidl becomes first Retailer to Introduce Reusable Fruit and Veg Bags in Northern Ireland

New eco-friendly ‘Green Bags’ will go on sale from September at 69p for a pack of two

Lidl has become the first retailer in Northern Ireland to announce the introduction of reusable fruit and vegetable bags across all 38 stores nationwide. Available from September, the reusable fruit and vegetable bags are designed to give customers a sustainable choice and reduce plastic use and waste in the long term.

The ‘Green Bags’, priced at 69p for two, provide customers with an affordable, reusable alternative to single-use, small fruit and vegetable bags.

This move is one of many steps that Lidl is taking as part of its plastic reduction strategy, with a specific focus on loose lines, such as fruit and vegetables, which accounts for approximately 20% of Lidl’s overall product range.

Last month, Lidl became the first Northern Irish retailer to offer customers in-store recycling stations nationwide to reduce packaging waste bought in-store. In 2018, Lidl discontinued the sale of single-use plastic items including drinking straws, disposable plates, cups and cutlery, with plastic-stemmed cotton buds next on the list in the coming months. The single-use plastic items are being replaced with biodegradable alternatives, saving 2.75 million straws and 1.8 million plastic plates and cups and 75.1 million individual cotton buds from Lidl stores across the island of Ireland.