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.
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.
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.