M&S Food donates over 70 million meals to local good causes through Neighbourly

Marks & Spencer has announced it has donated 70 million meals to local charities with long-standing food redistribution partner Neighbourly. Since the launch of the surplus partnership in 2015, M&S have been working with Neighbourly to redistribute surplus food from store, which is too good to waste, to more than 3,000 local charities and community organisations. To date, the partnership has supported over 4.5 million individuals, with meal donations supporting families in need, young people and those with disabilities. Designed to tackle food waste in M&S’ stores, the partnership with…

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Cross-sector partnership launches “game changing” reuse project to tackle single-use packaging

Reposit, in partnership with City to Sea, Marks & Spencer and Ecover, have recently announced the launch of a “game changing” reuse project. The new project will demonstrate a commercially, operationally and environmentally scalable reuse platform to help accelerate the transition from single-use packaging to reuse. The project is supported by UK Research & Innovation’s (UKRI) Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Fund.  The new buy anywhere, return anywhere, full reuse platform works across brands, categories and retailers and will include testing prefilled products in returnable packaging on a commercial scale. The…

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Making it easier to recycle ‘empties’ M&S introduces Beauty Takeback Scheme

Marks & Spencer has recently announced its partnership with beauty recycling experts, HANDLE, to launch a Beauty Takeback Scheme in over 40 stores across the UK. The scheme will enable hard to recycle beauty packaging materials and components that commonly end up in landfill to be recycled and turned into new packaging and products. Packaging is one of the biggest sustainability challenges facing the beauty industry; 120 billion units of packaging are produced globally every year*, however, recycling rate estimates range from 9-50%** in the UK due to certain packaging…

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M&S removes use by dates on ‘too good to waste’ RSPCA Assured fresh milk

Marks & Spencer has removed ‘Use By’ dates across its RSPCA Assured Select Farms British and organic fresh milk as part of its commitment to halving food waste by 2030 and reaching net zero by 2040. The change, which is being rolled out across all M&S UK stores from this week, will see ‘Use By’ dates on fresh milk replaced with ‘Best Before’ dates. M&S is the first retailer to offer ‘Best Before’ labelling on fully recyclable milk bottles, following the removal of coloured plastic caps on milk earlier this…

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M&S Expands Food Waste Scheme Turning Surplus Loaves Into Frozen Garlic Bread To 125 More Stores

M&S is expanding its frozen garlic bread food waste initiative to an additional 125 stores this April. At the end of each day, unsold baguettes and boules – baked in-store daily – are prepared and filled with garlic butter, and then sold as frozen garlic bread from £1, with an extended shelf life of 30 days. The scheme is currently live in 253 stores and launched in 2020 following a successful trial. Since then, M&S has sold 2.1m of the re-purposed loaves with the best-selling store M&S Nottingham Giltbrook. Due…

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