Marks & Spencer's branch in Tolworth will sell loose fruit and vegetables, in a trial to see if it will reduce plastic waste for the retailer.
Trained greengrocers will be on hand to help shoppers choose from over 90 lines of produce over two aisles, all totally free from plastic packaging. Some will be loose, while others, like soft fruits and berries, will be sold in compostable punnets.
The plastic-free aisles will be in place at Tolworth, Kingston upon Thames for three months, but M&S says it has more plans to reduce plastic. In the future, shoppers may also be able to use paper produce bags rather than plastic ones, while plastic barcode stickers could be phased out. Across the business, M&S's 'goal is to become zero-waste by 2025', says Louise Nicholls, Head of Food Sustainability.
Nicholls adds: "Our trial at Tolworth is an important milestone in our plastic reduction journey and bringing back the traditional greengrocer will play a key part in educating our customers. Our plan is to create long-term impact in the future using tangible insights from the Tolworth store trial."
Near Tolworth? Consumer action works – maybe get down there and buy some spuds to show your support.