DUBAI: A budget supermarket in the UK has come under fire after customers posted images of peeled onions – in sealed plastic packaging, Metro UK reported.
German supermarket chain Lidl came under fire from customers who took to social media after spotting the “naked onions” for the excessive use of plastic packaging.
“Just as I was singing the praises of @LidlUK and their wonderful unwrapped veg, I come across this monstrosity – ‘naked onions,’” read a tweet by David Rose.
Just as I was singing the praises of @LidlUK and their wonderful unwrapped veg, I come across this monstrosity - naked Onions !!!
Remove the perfectly good protection & then add plastic protection.
Unacceptable Lidl pic.twitter.com/eRDYEzEFsl
— David Rose (@david_navigator) January 13, 2018
It comes after UK Prime Minister Theresa May made a promise to cut down the amount of plastic used, introducing lose vegetable sections in supermarkets.
A Lidl spokesman told Metro.co.uk: “At Lidl UK we are proud to have one of the highest proportions of loose fruit and vegetables of all British supermarkets, and continually test and trial the removal of packaging throughout the range.”
“We remain mindful that packaging can be beneficial in optimizing shelf life and helping to reduce food waste, both in store and at home, so we are also working closely with both our suppliers and industry partners WRAP, to increase the proportion of recyclable material used.”
But while Lidl is under fire for its plastic use, budget supermarket competitor Iceland has become the first in the world to commit to going plastic-free on all its own-label produce across all of its stores.