Lidl has reduced its food waste by almost half (43%) since 2016, according to the retailer\u2019s fourth \u2018Good Food\u2019 report, which means that the retailer is on track to hit its 50% reduction target by 2030.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAccording to Lidl, providing more meals to charity has helped reach this milestone.\u00a0\r\n\r\nLast year, the retailer also prevented nearly 9,000 tonnes of food waste through the sale of 1.7 million \u2018Too Good to Waste\u2019 boxes.\u00a0\r\n\r\nReducing other forms of waste has also been a key priority and 95% of Lidl\u2019s own-brand packaging is now recyclable, reusable, renewable or refillable. From loose produce, to compostable fruit and veg bags, which can be reused at home as food waste caddy liners, to new recyclable packaging on mushrooms.\r\n\r\nOverall, Lidl has cut the amount of plastic packaging across its own-brand ranges by 29% since 2017 and aims to achieve a 40% reduction by 2025.\u00a0\r\n\r\nThrough its partnership with Prevented Ocean Plastic, the discounter has also stopped the equivalent of 15 million plastic bottles from entering the ocean.\u00a0\u00a0\r\n\r\nMeanwhile, as of February 2023, 45% of Lidl\u2019s British fruit and veg suppliers were LEAF Marque certified \u2013 a gold standard in sustainable farming \u2013 meaning they have robust water and nature conservation plans in place. This figure will reach 100% by the end of the year.\r\n\r\nMark Newbold, senior CSR manager at Lidl GB, said: \u201cAt Lidl, we strive to work in a way that benefits our people, our producers, and the planet. This means finding new, more sustainable ways to deliver on quality and value for shoppers.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u201cLittle changes make a big difference \u2013 and we know they matter to our customers. We\u2019re proud to have made such positive strides and we\u2019re doubling down in order to meet the ambitious goals we have set."