Label plan

Lidl gives shoppers Eco-Scoring guide to products

Lidl will add eco-labelling to products

Supermarket chain Lidl is to roll out a pioneering traffic light labelling system to indicate the sustainability of some of its products.

As one of the UK’s first retailers to launch a trial, Lidl will apply Eco-Score labelling to more than 50 of its own-label products including teas, coffees and hot chocolate.

Eco-Score uses open-source data to independently grade products on their sustainability credentials and assigns a colour code ranging from green ‘A’ (low impact) to red ‘E’ (high impact).

The new labelling system, which will be introduced in September, will give shoppers in 105 Scottish stores a better understanding of the environmental consequences, at a glance.

To grade a product, Eco-Score independently assesses various factors including production methods, impact on biodiversity, packaging and carbon footprint.

Products also receive better scores where they are certified to third party schemes such as Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance and Lidl plans to use the scheme to promote its commitment to sourcing 100% of its key raw materials, such as tea, coffee and cocoa from certified sustainable sources.

Commenting on the initiative, Amali Bunter, head of responsible sourcing and ethical trade at Lidl, said: “Rolling out the Eco-Score trial in Scotland is a huge milestone for Lidl, one we’re extremely proud of. 

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