Lidl gives up plastic bags in Lithuania, competitors only plan to or provide alternatives

  • 2020-02-18
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – The German retail chan Lidl has given up plastic bags in Lithuania. Other major retailers say they either plan to do so or provide other alternatives.

Lidl says it gradually phased out plastic bags in January and no longer offers them as of this week. The company estimates such a decision will help to reduce plastic waste by more than 90 tons every year.

Meanwhile Renata Kersiene, PR head at Rimi, says the retail chain plans to trial alternative bags soon and will only then decide whether to replace plastic ones with them.

Darius Ryliskis, spokesman for the Norfa chain, says the company is considering giving up plastic bags but no decision has been made yet.

"The sales of paper and reusable bags have gone up lately. Although disposable plastic bags remain popular, time will come soon probably when the decision to renounce them will be made in response to the public needs," he told BNS.

Rima Aukstuolyte, spokesman for the Maxima chain, says the chain plans to end the sale of disposable bags or other disposable plastic products by the middle of 2021, and the company also plans to offer reusable bags for fruits and vegetables over the next several weeks.

Indre Baltrusaitiene, head of communication at Iki, says the chain no longer uses traditional plastic bags and sells bags produced from recycled plastics collected by the chain's logistics centers, therefore, has no plans to replace them.