Waste-free Supermarkets? Lidl – Living Naturally

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Shopping at supermarkets is not fun for me. I am one of those people, who when faced with an insane amount of choice just freezes. All decisions become enormous and I just can’t handle it.

I decided to set myself the challenge of only buying products if they were zero-waste or easily recyclable. So crisp packets are o-u-t…

Firstly, there are no Wholefoods (or similar) near me.

So if you too are without a Wholefoods but still want to live a Zero-Waste lifestyle, let’s learn how to do it in the normal supermarkets that don’t shut down and break your heart. They’re also probably cheaper!

*Disclaimer* I’m a vegetarian so didn’t even think to look at meat products. Sorry!

First up: Lidl
I had low expectations for Lidl but I was pleasantly surprised! Here’s what I found:

  • Porridge oats in paper bags.
  • Unpackaged baked goods.
  • Pickles in jars with tin lids.
  • 3 bulk bins of pistachios, almonds and cashews. (That was a nice surprise.)
  • And chocolate bars packaged in cardboard (I think) and foil.
  • As well as a whole bunch of fresh fruits and vegetables that (at worse) had little stickers on them, which I could see myself collecting if they can’t go in the recycling.


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I couldn’t find ‘quick’ foods, like crackers, crisps or biscuits without non-recyclable packaging.

I quickly became familiar with this little guy:

And quickly realised that I had no idea what this meant:

 This one doesn’t mean that the packaging is/will/or can ever be recycled.

It signifies that the producer of the product has “made a financial contribution towards the recovery and recycling of packaging in Europe.”  Symbols Explained

Seems a little shitty to me, it’s all green and happy but it’s a recycling lie!

Anyway, back to the thing…

Some of the packaging was unnecessary, like the little plastic tag on the pineapple which said that it was a pineapple… why tho?

The majority of the healthy and fresh food was unpackaged and reasonably priced. I can even take a cloth bag, scoop up some almonds and pretend Wholefoods didn’t leave me forever! (Cry)

It was all of the delicious things that I binge eat in the evenings that are covered with plastic. It seems like trying to go plastic free is going to make me healthy… great…

Overall, Lidl’s got a thumbs-up from me. 

But one question’s popped up from my first outing: how I’m going to ever find toilet paper?!

Thanks for reading!

3 thoughts on “Waste-free Supermarkets? Lidl – Living Naturally

    1. Thanks! Yeah, if you’ve got bulk stores near you mason jars or cloth bags are the best way to do it! Unfortunately, I don’t have any bulk stores so I’ve gotta get a bit creative. Thanks for reading!

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