M&S reboots Plan A with new sustainability targets

Marks and Spencer store with green wall

Marks and Spencer has announced a raft of new sustainability, community and ethics commitments including halving food waste by 2025 and making all packaging 'widely recyclable' by 2022.

M&S says it is already 'the world's first and only carbon neutral major retailer' after launching the original Plan A sustainability plan ten years ago and will further reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its own operations by 80 per cent by 2030, compared to 2007 levels.

It has also committed to use only sustainably sourced key raw materials by 2025, or 2019 for cotton, and will use 25 per cent recycled material in at least a quarter of M&S clothing and home products by 2025.

The 100-point five-year plan – called Plan A 2025 – there'll also be a new collaboration with Oxfam and M&S staff will take part in volunteering, and there are commitments to healthy eating in its food department.

"Marks and Spencer has been at the forefront of social change for 133 years and we're determined to play a leading role in the years ahead. Plan A 2025 will help us build a sustainable future by helping our customers live healthier lives, supporting the communities they live in and we source from and looking after the planet we all share," says Steve Rowe, Chief Executive, Marks and Spencer.

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