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Lidl launches reusable fruit and veg bags - MSE News

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Lidl shoppers can now buy reusable bags for fruit and veg if they don't want to put them in single-use plastic bags...
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'Lidl launches reusable fruit and veg bags'
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  • Bacman
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    All bags are reusable until they are not so how is it a benefit to ask people to buy more bags than they already have and mostly don't need when eventually they will also end up in landfill?
  • General_Grant
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    Are they heavier than the plastic bags? Will you be paying for the weight of the bag every time you buy vegetables by the kilo?
  • Glad
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    What are the bags actually made of?
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  • VT82
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    How many time will you need to use one of the bags before it has a smaller carbon footprint than the equivalent number of single use plastic bags? I'm guessing high double digits.
  • Cisco001
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    i don't think lidl sell a lot of loose vegetable. Is it my own impression??

    Honestly, I don't tends to use single use plastic bag for vegetable unless it is for items like cherry.
  • Biscuit_Tin
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    Cisco001 wrote: »
    i don't think lidl sell a lot of loose vegetable. Is it my own impression??

    Honestly, I don't tends to use single use plastic bag for vegetable unless it is for items like cherry.

    Most of the fruit & veg (and nuts when available) on sale in Lidl seems to be sold loose, allowing customers to buy as much or as little as they need.
    Although there are some larger sized pre-packed items. But it's usually the loose items that go into Lidl's 'Too good to waste'/'waste not' box

    lidl-too-good-to-waste-box-1-50-1553681083.jpg

    But if you mean fresh veg does not make up a large proportion of Lidl's sales, you may be right.
  • Paul_Herring
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    VT82 wrote: »
    How many time will you need to use one of the bags before it has a smaller carbon footprint than the equivalent number of single use plastic bags? I'm guessing high double digits.

    Not forgetting, of course, that 'single use plastic bags' are sometimes used more than once...
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  • edinburgher
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    Most of the fruit & veg (and nuts when available) on sale in Lidl seems to be sold loose, allowing customers to buy as much or as little as they need.

    As a regular customer (at least once a week) and one time employee, I disagree.

    Vine tomatoes, a few "large veg" like squashes, aubergines and courgettes, baking potatoes, some bananas, cherries and a couple of varieties of nuts are loose in my local stores. At least half of the items in your photo have obviously been broken out of larger bags nearing their sell by dates.

    Everything else is in a bag, shrinkwrap or a punnet/tub.

    Unfortunately the quality of Lidl's fruit and veg (particularly fruit) has gone off a cliff in recent years in Glasgow. Tomatoes, peppers, bananas and apples are pretty much all I'll risk nowadays. A real shame, as I love Lidl otherwise.
  • glider3560
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    At least half of the items in your photo have obviously been broken out of larger bags nearing their sell by dates.
    In my store, they're even leaving stuff in the bags when putting it in the boxes. There was one box this week which contained a bag of onions, a bag of kid's apples and a bag of carrots. All almost rotten, nothing like the photo at all. At £1.50, you could buy most of this off the shelf for the same price.
  • SnowTiger
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    Bacman wrote: »
    All bags are reusable until they are not so how is it a benefit to ask people to buy more bags than they already have and mostly don't need when eventually they will also end up in landfill?

    According to the article the bags cost 69p for two. About 34p each. I'd guess that cost would be incentive enough for most people to reuse them time and time again. I doubt many people reuse plastic bags that cost 0p.
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