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  • M&S – The World’s Most Sustainable Retailer

    2010 - 03.03

    Marks and Spencer is looking to become the world’s most sustainable retailer by developing a sustainable forest programme for cardboard. They have also introduced ‘age neutral’ packaging as part of their extended Plan A environment scheme.

    M&S announced on Monday (1st March) that it has 80 commitments to make all its products ‘Plan A Products’. Within the next five years M&S aims to help its staff and customers live greener lifestyles. Already M&S is giving every member of its staff one paid day off a year to work in local communities.

    Together with Help the Aged, M&S is investing in local authority recycling to help boost the recycled content used in its packaging and plans to launch a range of ‘age neutral’ packaging.

    It has also been reported that M&S will develop with its suppliers a sustainable forest programme to source all its cardboard packaging from.

    “We will work with the forest’s owners to deploy ‘gold standard’ forestry management practices, including going beyond replanting and investing in the area’s biodiversity,” M&S said in a statement on Monday.

    Chairman Sir Stuart Rose said the retailer was looking to “lead the way in making a positive contribution to the environment and society across everything we do and sell. Our extended Plan A will reach further and move us faster – covering every part of our business and reaching out to forests, farms, factories, lorries, warehouses and into our customers’ and employees’ homes.”

    A few of the other commitments announced were to use palm oil and coffee from sustainable sources, offer free home insulation to eligible employees and increase the amount of clothing that is recycled.

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