Marks & Spencer, one of the largest high-street retailers, is making a big move towards sustainability. They have decided that it’s time to roll out paper carrier bags across their stores.
Submitted by: Laura Clarke September 19, 2023
Marks & Spencer, a beloved British high-street brand, has always been committed to sustainability. They’ve been on a mission to reduce their carbon footprint and make environmentally friendly choices for some time now. One of their most recent initiatives involves saying goodbye to single-use plastic bags in favour of paper alternatives.
We all know that single-use plastics can have a lasting impression on the planet. From polluting our oceans to harming wildlife, plastic bags have been a major contributor to environmental problems. In contrast, paper bags are a more sustainable option.
Marks & Spencer’s decision to introduce paper carrier bags across their stores is a clear reflection of their dedication to sustainability. By making this switch, they’re reducing their plastic usage, minimizing their carbon footprint, and taking a significant step toward protecting our environment.
As well as introducing their paper bags into all shops across the country, they have also brought in a ‘Bring Your Own Bag’ initiative to their Click and Collect orders in Clothing and Home which will remove over 10 million units of plastic annually. Additionally, in their Food Hall, where most of their plastic packaging is used, they hit their target of removing 75 million pieces this year.
M&S have also moved their popular rice and grains packaging into paper bags and boxes, removing 5.5 million units of plastic from circulation. From the 18th of September, every store across the UK will offer Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper bags at checkouts. They are also introducing a strong, robust bag in M&S Food and a simpler one in M&S Clothing & Home to reflect their different shopping missions.
Marks & Spencer’s decision to introduce paper carrier bags is a positive step toward a more sustainable future in print, paper, and paper packaging. By making the switch from plastic to paper, they’re reducing their environmental impact and setting an example for other retailers to follow.
You can read more about M&S and their sustainability goals and initiative here: https://corporate.marksandspencer.com/sustainability
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