REset Plastic

REset Plastic

Our plastic strategy

Plastic fulfills important functions in grocery retailing: It is sturdy, lightweight and can be used in many ways. In particular, plastic protects food during transport and allows us to guarantee quality, shelf-life and freshness for our customers. However, because more and more plastic is produced and too little recycled, plastic trash is a growing problem for humans, animals and the environment.

Lidl Malta is aware of its social and environmental responsibility and of the importance of treating resources in a conscious way. For this reason, we have committed ourselves to reducing plastic consumption by 2025 by 25 percent, making 100 percent of private label packaging maximally recyclable, and using an average of 20 percent recycled material in private label packaging made of plastic. These measures are part of REset Plastic, the international plastic strategy of the Schwarz group, to which Lidl Malta has adhered. This all-round approach ranges from non-use, to design, recycling and disposal, up to innovation and awareness. This reduces the use of plastic and creates closed cycles.

Our goals

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to make our private label packaging maximally recyclable by 2025

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less plastic by 2025

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20% recycled material in private label packaging

REset Plastic

The REset Plastic Fields of Action

REset Plastic and Its Five Action Areas                                                                                                                                                   There is no simple solution to the issue of plastics. To do justice to the complexity, we have introduced five action areas that take a holistic look at the issue:

REduce
Wherever possible, we permanently give up plastic. 

Since 2019 we have implemented, for example, the progressive replacement of all plastic egg wrappers with cellulose wrappers.

REdesign
We develop products so that they are recyclable and create closed cycles.

We have already reduced plastic in a lot of packaging, increased the recyclability or have used recycled plastic. Our packaging logo “packaging responsibly” makes this transparent for our customers. 

REcycle
We collect, sort, recycle and create closed cycles for recyclable material.

Today, almost all recyclable materials in our Lidl logistics centers are sorted separately. This makes it possible to recycle old packaging plastics into new raw materials.

REmove
We support the removal of plastic waste from the environment.

Together with our cooperation partners, “Project Stop” and “One Earth – One Ocean e.V.” we contribute to plastic-free oceans and rivers.

REsearch
To find innovative solutions, we invest in research and development and raise awareness on the issues of recycling and safeguarding resources.

As a part of the Schwarz Group, we have signed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Global Commitment, which is a strong sign of our vision for a globally functioning circular economy