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Date posted: 12th June 2014

Global retailer Marks & Spencer has introduced its next objectives as part of their Plan A Scheme.

The scheme that was launched in 2007 aimed to deliver 100 sustainability commitments within 5 years and it has now been extended to achieve 100 new, revised and existing commitments.




The main objective of the Plan A 2020 scheme is to promote Marks and Spencer as the world’s most sustainable major retailer.

A commitment of the updated Plan A scheme is to produce a report by 2016 detailing what is required to ensure the targets are met with a sustainable economy as the result.

A big project on the agenda is to review the causes of food waste. Next year M&S will set a target to reduce this amount by 2020, helping to identify causes and what reduction methods are most practical. This could help other major food retailers to follow a similar procedure and eliminate waste food generated around the UK and indeed the world.

With current targets to use more recycled materials in food packaging and develop more environmentally friendly alternatives, M&S are well on the way to establishing environmentally beneficial solutions to everyday packaging issues.


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Marks & Spencer, which was founded in 1884, has grown to become an international, multi-channel retailer. With such a wide range of products, the dedication of a circular economy will not only reduce waste but also generate a more sustainable future.

Marc Bolland, chief executive of M&S said: “Plan A is at the heart of our plans to become a sustainable, international, multi-channel retailer.

“Once again we have made 100 commitments comprising of existing, revised and new targets with our sights set on significant progress in the next few years.”

RPS helps businesses across the UK, Ireland and Europe to implement sustainable packaging solutions, for example the reuse of wooden pallets. Services that RPS provides also work towards creating a sustainable circular economy.


For more information on Marks and Spencer’s Plan A 2020 scheme please visit their website by clicking here.

For more information on how RPS can help with implementing a packaging circular economy please visit our services pages here.

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