Lidl has pledged to stop selling single-use plastic carrier bags across all its stores in England, Scotland and Wales from 1 July next year.
In a step on from the Government’s mandatory 5p levy introduced on plastic carrier bags last year, the discounter said it that customers still wanting a bag at the till will need to buy one of its bags-for-life. Lidl said the move will save an estimated 63 million plastic bags per year or roughly 760 tons of plastic.
“Our pledge to stop selling single-use carrier bags is all about promoting a more environmentally friendly alternative,” said Lidl’s UK Commercial Director Ryan McDonnell.
“It will directly encourage shoppers to think about sustainability, and the role they can play in reducing unnecessary plastic waste.”