M & S rolls out Recyclable Tomato Packaging

As part of Marks and Spencer’s sustainability action plan, plastic tomato cartons have been replaced with recyclable packaging. This post is a summary of a post from the Marks and Specners’ corporate website.

Marks and Spencer’s sustainability action plan, “Plan A”, includes a target for 100% of its food packaging to be widely recyclable by 2025. As part of this plan, they have changed the packaging on three of their vine tomato varieties. Until now, the tomato packaging was a plastic sleeve, which was difficult for consumers to recycle. The new packaging is similar to sandwich cartons (see below) which is made up of a recyclable cardboard container with a small amount of plastic film. According to Marks and Spencer, “the new tomato packaging design has 95% less plastic, estimated to remove 8m units by the end of the year”.

Source: https://corporate.marksandspencer.com/media/press-releases/ms-launches-new-recyclable-tomato-packaging

They have also pledged to remove 1bn units of plastic food packaging by 2027.

The article does not say what type of plastic is in the new carton i.e., whether it is fossil fuel or cellulose based.

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