Lidl announce that they will remove plastic from fruit and veg range, saving over 65 tonnes of plastic waste per year 1 year ago

Lidl announce that they will remove plastic from fruit and veg range, saving over 65 tonnes of plastic waste per year

Fair play to them.

In recent times, we have seen a number of big companies adjust to the way that they do business in an attempt to improve the way they affect the environment.

So far we've seen Starbucks announce that they will stop using plastic straws in their 28,000 stores worldwide, and McDonalds did the same.

And on Monday, Lidl Ireland announced that they would be removing black plastic from their fruit and veg range, with more products to follow.

They will be the first supermarket in Ireland to do so, and it is expected to result in the removal of over 65 tonnes of black plastic waste every year.

Here's how they expect the next few years to go:

All black plastic will be removed from fruit and veg by Christmas 2018. It will be removed from all fresh fish by February 2019, and then from all fresh meat, poultry and cured meat by August 2019.

As well as that, they have announced that they are scrapping single-use plastics items from sale from today onwards. They will all be replaced with bio-degradable alternatives.

This includes straws, disposable plates, cups and cutlery.

In a statement, Lidl Ireland & Northern Ireland Managing Director, J.P. Scally said: "These are significant steps. Sustainability is core to our business and we are proud to continue leading the retail sector in implementing ambitious measures which will deliver real and lasting benefits for everyone."

This news comes on the same day that the UN released a very dark prediction with regards to climate change.