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Plastic Free Schools​​​​​​​



We hosted the Mayor's civic day - sharing our work on sustainability

We visited Chris Loder our MP at parliament and presented him with our letter about single use plastics

As part of COP26 we all made our own pledges on this leaf display

We were gifted some amazing books about the environment

Some of our litter pick findings


We carried out litter picks on our school grounds and wrote off to the companies of the plastic items we found to ask them to consider their packaging.

A reply from Haribo

Dear the children of St Mary's Eco Club, 

Thank you for your email about our packaging and for sharing your concerns with us.

We do try our best to keep the packaging that we use to a minimum.

Our packaging is designed to protect, maintain quality and provide choice.

Using our packaging to protect our products during transportation is very important, this helps us to prevent waste and to maintain the quality of our treats.

We encourage consumers to responsibly dispose of empty packs, this is reinforced by our anti-littering symbol which is printed on all of our bags.

The packaging that we use also helps us to deliver a product in a pack size that our retailers and customers want – sometimes they want a big bag with lots of sweets for sharing, other times they want a small bag as a treat just for one! This influences the size of the bags that we produce.

Our machines have all been designed to create these different bag sizes. But, we understand how important it is to constantly review our packaging. So, when our packing machines are replaced, we review the product range and market trends and then invest in the best new machines on the market; this means that we have more options and can do more to reduce our impact on the environment.

We are a responsible company and we know that we have a role to play in protecting the environment, please be reassured that this is a priority for us.

We have shared your comments with our teams and promise you that we will continue to monitor our packaging and wherever possible will reduce how much we use.

Kind Regards,


HARIBO Dunhills (Pontefract) PLC

26 Front Street



A reply from LIDL

Re: Plastic Waste

Thank you for contacting us.

At Lidl GB, we have long supported the need to tackle plastic waste, and the detrimental impact that it is having on the environment. As highlighted in Greenpeace’s recent report, we are proud to have made a 2.6% absolute reduction in our own brand plastic packaging usage since 2017, which corresponds to a 14% reduction per unit of market share. This was achieved despite significant growth across our business during this period.

We have made strong progress across all areas of our plastic and packaging targets and in addition to our current commitments, we set ourselves 8 new ambitious goals in August 2020 to advance our approach even further. This includes a 40% reduction in own-label plastic packaging by 2025, a commitment to doubling the number of reusable packaging formats by 2021 and reducing the total amount of own-label packaging by 25% by 2025, all of which we are on track to achieve.

Further information on our targets can be found on our website

Thank you again for contacting us.

Yours sincerely,
For and on behalf of Lidl Great Britain Limited

Dani Murphy-Hudghton
Customer Service

The opening of our Orchard!