Lidl Cyprus to end sale of sin­gle-use plas­tics next year

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - PROPERTY -

Lidl Cyprus has pledged that by the end of 2019 it will stop the sale of sin­gle-use plas­tics such as straws, cups, plates, cut­lery and cot­ton buds in all its 17 stores on the is­land.

The Ger­man bud­get su­per­mar­ket chain also promised that prod­ucts made from al­ter­na­tive and re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als will re­place the sin­gle-use va­ri­ety.

Lidl says it will also set a tar­get “to abolish and adapt straws which are also sold in the cat­e­gory juices, soft drinks and other drinks.”

This is part of a global strat­egy to re­duce the use of plas­tics by 20% by 2025.

For ex­am­ple, Lidl has vowed to crack down on plas­tic waste in the UK, by re­mov­ing re­us­able plas­tic bags from shops – a move that it says will elim­i­nate 134 tonnes of plas­tic each year.

It has set goals around in­creas­ing the amount of re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als used for its own-brand pack­ag­ing, with a tar­get of 50% by 2025.

“Our pol­icy on plas­tic is led by a clear ap­proach which is sum­marised in the three­fold ac­tion: avoid, re­duce, re­cy­cle. By abol­ish­ing sin­gle-use plas­tics we avoid the use of plas­tic, thus con­tribut­ing to reach­ing the goal our com­pany has set for the re­duc­tion of plas­tics,” Lidl Cyprus Pur­chas­ing Man­ager Pet­ros Petrou said.

He said that Lidl plans to sell off all the quan­ti­ties of plas­tic prod­ucts it has pur­chased from its sup­pli­ers and then grad­u­ally in­tro­duce al­ter­na­tive items.

“That way, our cus­tomers will con­tinue to be able to find the prod­ucts they are used to,” Petrou said.

Lidl Cyprus boasts a num­ber of ini­tia­tives to re­duce plas­tic in an eco-friendly ap­proach to busi­ness.

It claims to be the first su­per­mar­ket to stop sell­ing its dis­pos­able plas­tic bags from Jan­uary 1, 2019.

And dur­ing the fi­nan­cial year 2017 – 2018, it re­moved plas­tic sub-pack­ag­ing from items in the toi­let pa­per cat­e­gory, “sav­ing 10 tonnes of plas­tic ma­te­rial”.

Petrou said that Lidl is look­ing at dif­fer­ent ways of deal­ing with pack­ag­ing “which can re­ally make a dif­fer­ence”.

Un­der­pin­ning Lidl’s cur­rent ini­tia­tive is a new law – ef­fec­tive since July 1 - that obliges su­per­mar­kets and other shops to charge cus­tomers for plas­tic car­rier bags.

The di­rec­tive in­tro­duces a five cents sur­charge on every plas­tic bag given for car­ry­ing goods at cash tills, at all out­lets in­clud­ing phar­ma­cies, kiosks, bak­eries and spe­cialty stores.

Small ny­lon bags and bags used to hold fruit, meat, or veg­eta­bles are not charged.

It was sup­posed to be­gin six months ear­lier, when Jan­uary was the dead­line set by the Euro­pean Union.

To avoid pay­ing for bags, shop­pers can take their own with them or use other types of non-plas­tic or bio-degrad­able bags that can be bought at su­per­mar­kets.

Money col­lected from plas­tic bag tar­iff will go to a spe­cial fund op­er­ated by Green Dot and man­aged by the Depart­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment to be in­vested in pub­lic en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness cam­paigns.

The world is cur­rently pro­duc­ing nearly 300 mil­lion tons of plas­tic each year - a large amount of which will end up in the oceans.

Al­though plas­tic is a use­ful prod­uct, many of these prod­ucts are cre­ated for sin­gle-use - with an es­ti­mated 50% of plas­tic used once and thrown away.

Not only is this harm­ful to the en­vi­ron­ment and the oceans, but it is also harm­ful to wildlife - where it im­pacts nearly 700 species in the ocean, and hu­mans.

In­gest­ing plas­tic has life-threat­en­ing ef­fects on wildlife - and this plas­tic even­tu­ally ends up be­ing di­gested by hu­mans.

And half of all plas­tic man­u­fac­tured be­comes trash in less than a year

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