Frau kauft Obst in Mehrwegtasche ein.

Carrying Aids for Customers

Alternatives to plastic in sustainable retail

We Do Not Only Take a Look at Goods en Route to Our Stores, but Also How They Make Their Way From Our Stores to Our Customers' Homes

Until just recently, disposable plastic bags were the preferred means of carrying purchases home safely and hygienically. However, the average useful life of a disposable shopping bag is only 25 minutes, and they are often disposed of immediately after use.


Lidl and Kaufland have declared war on this disproportion since 2019 when they stopped offering disposable plastic bags in their stores. Instead, customers have a choice between paper shopping bags, reusable shopping bags made of cotton and plastics as well as stable, permanent bags. All options are intended for multiple use and are thus more sustainable and better for the environment.

In Mehrwegnetze verpacktes Obst und Gemüse wird in Filiale gewogen.

The same applies in the fruit & vegetable department. As of today, Kaufland and Lidl are offering a wide range of unpacked varieties and customers can use alternative packaging aids here too. Long-lasting reusable nets for carrying products home safely and hygienically are available in both retail divisions in all countries.


These nets are intended for multiple use and are thus more sustainable than conventional bags. The net bags, made of recyclable polyester, can hold up to five kilos of fruits and vegetables, are reusable and can be washed in a machine at 30°C. And any customer who chooses not to switch to long-lasting alternatives can still fall back on recyclable bags for fruits and vegetables – or even take their groceries home loose, without any packaging at all.

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