Retail group rewe plans to stop selling disposable plastic drinking straws in the future.
As a result, 42 million disposable drinking straws could be saved per year in the approximately 6,000 stores of the rewe, penny and toom baumarkt brands, the company announced in poland. Also on wednesday, the discounter lidl from neckarsulm announced that it would be removing disposable plastic items such as cutlery and drinking straws from its range by the end of 2019. Edeka is also developing reusable articles as an alternative to existing disposable articles.
Plastic plates, plastic cutlery and the disposable product drinking straws are the main focus of the retailers. As a typical disposable product, plastic straws are only used for an average of 20 minutes before they end up on the mulch. According to the organization "seas at risk," around 100,000 tons of plastic end up in the sea every year from the EU. 36.4 billion drinking straws are consumed in the EU each year, along with 16 billion coffee cups, 46 billion disposable bottles and other plastic from packaging and cigarette filters.
EU commission wants to reduce single-use gauze in the sea by 30 percent by 2020; EU parliament aims for a more ambitious target of 50 percent by 2030. Plastic cups have therefore already largely disappeared from the german retail market. At lidl, they’ve calculated that moving away from the standard plastic bag, which lidl was the first discounter in germany to do without in 2017, avoids 3500 tons of plastic every year.
Lidl’s purchasing manager jan bock says work is also being done on other concepts to reduce plastic use. "Especially in the packaging area, there are many innovative solutions we are currently testing that can make a real difference."
Companies want to gradually sell off remaining stock with immediate effect. Starting next spring, rewe plans to offer alternatives to drinking straws made of paper, wheatgrass or stainless steel in its assortments. At lidl, disposable tableware and cotton swabs are to be replaced by products made from recyclable materials. At edeka, a cup already consists of 70 percent natural materials such as bamboo.