Supermarket giant Lidl has announced that it will scrapping green milk caps, in an effort to opt for renewable options.
Currently, the retailer’s semi-skimmed and organic fresh milk sport green caps. But now they will be replaced with clear caps.
They have made the decision based on the fact that, unlike milk bottles, coloured milk caps cannot be easily recycled to be reused as food-grade packaging and have a new lease of life.
Replacing them with clear caps, that contain recyclable high-density polythene, will mean that 60 tonnes of milk caps will be recycled into milk bottles.
They are making the move in partnership with their milk supplier, Müller, following a four-week trial in September.
Following the trial’s success, the clear caps will become a permanent fixture, with the transition set to kick off across Lidl stores on October 31.
Lidl is planning for all stores throughout the country to become green-cap-free by November 21.
Talking about the move, Lidl’s Senior Buying Director, Scott Davey said: “We remain committed to supporting our customers in helping them make more sustainable shopping decisions on a daily basis. Customer feedback during the trial was overwhelmingly positive and we are thrilled to be making this change permanent across Lidl stores.
“In addition, this move will help us achieve our goal of making more of the plastic we use circular and fit to be repurposed time and time again.”
The news comes just weeks after the retailer announced that it was committed to stocking only 100 per cent free-range eggs by the end of 2024, with all fresh shell eggs being RSPCA-assured.
Lidl’s chief trading officer shared: “As the supermarket transitions to selling only free-range eggs, it is working closely with its egg suppliers and has introduced longer-term contracts to help ensure that they have security and certainty needed to invest for the future.”