Waste-free Supermarkets? Lidl

Categories Nature, Sustainability

Welcome to Waste-free Supermarkets and Lidl is up first!


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 Impressions

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…


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!

If you liked this post please check out this on on recycling in the home!


Getting to Grips with Recycling – Living Naturally

3 thoughts on “Waste-free Supermarkets? Lidl

    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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