Lidl has scrapped over one billion pieces of plastics from UK stores in a bid to reduce plastic waste.
The discount retailer said it has prevented the equivalent of 10 million water bottles from entering the ocean through its use of ocean-bound plastics.
As part of its strategy, Lidl has pledged to cut a further two billion pieces of plastic by the end of next year, which includes over 24 million plastic trays and punnets being removed from its fruit and vegetable ranges, and up to 25 million plastic lids from dairy and yoghurt ranges.
The retailer revealed it has already removed nearly 19 million plastic bags from its fruit and vegetable lines, and 3.5 million pieces of plastic packaging on fresh flowers.
“It is fantastic that we have been able to reach this significant milestone which demonstrates our commitment to tackling excessive plastic waste and working collaboratively with all of our suppliers,” Lidl chief executive Christian Härtnagel said.
“We recognise, however, there is still more to do in this area which is why we are pushing to go further by removing even more pieces of plastic from our stores and packaging over the next two years and rolling out our leading ocean-bound plastic packaging across more and more categories in our stores.”
This comes as part of the discount retailers commitment to make 100 per cent of its own-brand packaging widely recyclable, reusable or refillable by 2025.