M&S Targets Packaging Recyclability In Sustainability Plan

Marks & Spencer has launched a new sustainability plan – Plan A 2025, which aims to make all M&S packaging “widely recyclable” by 2022.

The three-pillar plan is aimed at tackling what M&S calls the “big issues” facing retailers, consumer businesses and society today.

On sustainability and the environment, Plan A aims to:

  • Make all M&S packaging to be “widely recyclable” by 2022
  • Halve food waste by 2025
  • Make all key raw materials from sustainable sources by 2025, including all cotton by 2019
  • make at least ¼ of all M&S Clothing and Home products using 25% recycled material by 2025
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% in its own operations by 2030 (compared to 2007 levels) and, during the same period, cut emissions in its supply chain by 13.3m tonnes (approved science-based target).

Steve Rowe, Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer’s said: “Plan A 2025 will help us build a sustainable future by helping our customers live healthier lives, supporting the communities they live in and we source from and looking after the planet we all share.

“We believe we can engage all of our 32 million customers, 85,000 colleagues and 200,000 shareholders in the plan that becomes a mass voice for sustainable change.”

Jonathon Porritt, Chair of the Plan A Advisory Board, said: “It’s so important that M&S, one of the world’s most trusted and well-loved companies, keeps raising the bar on what it means to be a sustainable retailer.

“On all the big challenges – supply chain, climate, food waste, living wage, human rights, packaging, community investment and so on – the pressure is intensifying and expectations rising.  It’s great to see M&S leading the way here.”

More detail on Plan A progress can be found here.

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