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Marks & Spencer Beats Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Goal

Marks & Spencer has beaten its goal for 25% of its M&S Food (by turnover) to be produced in factories sending zero waste to landfill by 2015. By the end of last year, 84 suppliers — accounting for 32% of M&S Food turnover — had sent no waste to landfill, according to the company’s 2013 Plan A sustainability report.

The company works directly with suppliers and other retailers to reduce packaging and food waste, as part of the Courtauld Commitment, a voluntary agreement between WRAP and the food and beverage retail sector with a focus on improving resource efficiency.

M&S says its UK and Republic of Ireland stores, offices and warehouses sent no waste to landfill in 2013. The company also says it achieved a 28% reduction in the volumes of waste it produces overall and a 32% reduction in food waste since 2008/09.
Construction Waste
Marks & Spencer beat its goal of cutting construction waste by 50%, per £100,000 project, by 2015. It says it worked with its suppliers, WRAP and the BRE building consultancy to review and improve construction waste minimization practices.
Reusing/Recycling Clothing

Its “shwopping” clothes recycling program reused or recycled 3.8 million clothing items during the year, while raising £2.3m for Oxfam. M&S also extended the program by launching Shwop at Work, to make it easier for people to donate. It is aiming for 20 million items a year by 2015.

Packaging

Since 2007, M&S says it has cut back its non-glass packaging across food, clothing and homeware by an average of 26%. The weight of glass used in food packaging has also been reduced, saving 1,100 tons a year. And clothing packaging has decreased by 46%,  including reductions achieved through hanger recycling.

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