Lidl GB unveils fully compostable own-label tea bags

Lidl GB unveils fully compostable own-label tea bags

Sustainability

Lidl GB says its own-brand tea bags will soon be fully compostable, offering a greener choice for tea enthusiasts nationwide. The transition empowers customers to dispose of used tea bags in food or green waste bins, contributing to a significant reduction in waste sent to traditional bins and landfills, with an estimated diversion of up to 800 million bags per year.

The innovative material used in these tea bags is a plant-based plastic known as polylactic acid (PLA), which not only ensures compostability but also preserves the exceptional quality and flavour that Lidl customers value. This change will apply across Lidl GB's entire own-brand tea range, from Deluxe Fairtrade Assam Tea (£1.09) to Knightsbridge Gold Blend Tea (£1.19) and Knightsbridge Red Label Tea (£2.39).

Aligned with its broader commitment to enhancing product recyclability, Lidl GB's move to compostable tea bags follows its recent announcement about transitioning its milk range to clear caps. These combined efforts reflect Lidl's dedication to reducing single-use plastic waste and promoting sustainability.

Lidl's new compostable tea bags will gradually make their way to stores over the next few months as existing stock is sold. This announcement is part of Lidl's ongoing endeavour to achieve a 40% reduction in its own-label plastic packaging by the end of 2025.

Lidl GB brews up big change to own-label tea bags credit Lidl GB
Lidl GB brews up big change to own-label tea bags © Lidl GB
Shyam Unarket, Head of Responsible Sourcing and Ethical Trade at Lidl GB, commented: Those buying tea bags from Lidl are supporting our efforts to reduce single-use plastic going to landfill. We understand that even a few small changes to our products can benefit our customers, while helping us improve our impact on the planet – one cup at a time.

Other recent initiatives by Lidl GB include incorporating Prevented Ocean Plastic™ into its water bottles, a groundbreaking move that solidifies its commitment to environmental responsibility. Additionally, plans are underway to introduce new vacuum-packed, recyclable packaging for its beef mince range, contributing to an impressive 63% reduction in plastic usage.

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