2019.08.08 16:00

Supermarket chain to eliminate single-use plastics from its stores

BNS2019.08.08 16:00

Iki, Lithuania's retail chains operating the largest number of shops, is set to eliminate single-use plastic plates, cups, cutlery, and straws from its stores in the near future.  

The company stopped replenishing the stock of the disposables in early August, but leftover items are still available in some stores, Berta Čaikauskaitė, the chain's head of communications, said in a press release on Thursday.

"Soon, there will be no single-use plastic products left in any of the 229 Iki and Iki Express stores," she said.

Iki plans to offer more environmentally-friendly alternatives to shoppers.

"We already offer disposable paper dishes and wooden utensils to our customers. Disposable dishes made from sugar cane are already available in some stores," she said.

The German chain Lidl says it stopped restocking plastic dishes early this year and sold off the stock over the summer.

The chain's spokesman Valdas Lopeta told BNS that Lidl planned to stop selling single-use bags by 2020 and cut its plastic use 20 percent by 2025.

Maxima, the largest retail chain in the Baltics, said earlier this month that it would stop selling plastic dishes, straws and bags at its stores in the Curonian Spit.

Maxima CEO Kristina Meidė then said the chain expected to cut the use of plastic bags by 30 percent by the end of the year.

Other supermarkets are to phase out plastic tableware and straws by mid-2021 in line with an EU directive.

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