Marks & Spencer looks set to experience a massive packaging design overhaul as it aims to reduce waste by up to 25 per cent as part of a £200m ‘eco plan’.
M&S has announced the ‘Plan A’ programme, which means that by 2012 the high street giant will become carbon neutral, send no waste to landfill, and help customers and employees live a healthier lifestyle.
The business, which currently uses an in-house design team, plans to use packaging materials from sustainable or recycled sources, for example cardboard, metal, glass and plastic. It will also reduce the use of carrier bags by 33 per cent.
‘Closed loop’ recycling will be trialled in six of the store’s Café Revive outlets, where used packaging can be recycled into M&S product packaging. This will later be rolled out across all 450 Café Revives and staff restaurants.
These proposals will ensure that within five years no M&S clothing needs to end up in landfill by finding alternatives to disposal such as reusing, composting and recycling.