Lidl cuts food waste by half and reduced plastic packaging by a third since 2021.
Lidl GB, the first affordable store to agree with WWF’s Nature Pledge, shared updates on its environmental and sustainability efforts. They plan to invest £17 billion in British food and farming by 2025. They’ve also increased support for communities.
- They donated more food in stores by 25% through Good to Give.
- They donated 26 million meals to local communities.
Lidl GB’s recent ‘Good Food’ report shows progress between March 2021 and February 2023. They’ve reduced food waste by 43% since 2016 and aim to reach a 50% reduction by 2030. Selling ‘Too Good to Waste’ boxes helped prevent 9,000 tons of food waste, offering shoppers a lot of fresh produce.
Lidl also focused on cutting down on plastic waste. They’ve made 95% of their own-brand packaging recyclable or reusable. They’ve reduced plastic packaging by 29% since 2017 and aim for a 40% reduction by 2025. They’ve also stopped millions of plastic bottles from reaching the ocean.
Lidl works with suppliers on carbon reduction projects to reduce their carbon footprint. They’ve funded water conservation projects to mitigate risks in the supply chain.
By February 2023, 45% of Lidl’s British fruit and vegetable suppliers were LEAF Marque certified for sustainable farming, aiming for 100% by year-end.
Lidl commits to halving the environmental impact of customers’ shopping by 2030. Mark Newbold, Lidl GB’s Senior CSR Manager, emphasizes their dedication to sustainability and making positive changes for their customers and the planet.
Lidl GB explores tech and innovation for sustainability. They’ve trialed smart refills and are testing Eco-Score ratings for products to help shoppers make more sustainable choices.