Jo congratulates Marks & Spencer on new compostable packaging

Jo Swinson MP has welcomed Marks & Spencer’s step toward reducing environmental waste with its new compostable packaging.

Marks & Spencer has just launched new packaging for its chocolate range which can be put on the compost heap or will disappear completely under running water. The trays are made of ‘plantic’, a material made from 100% starch. The new packaging will be used for M&S’s entire range of Swiss chocolates.

Commenting, Jo Swinson said:

“I applaud Marks & Spencer for leading the way among high street retailers in introducing this new ‘plantic’ packaging, which will help to cut the amount of waste going into landfill.

“The harmful methane emissions caused by landfill sites are a key contributor to global warming, and I hope that other retailers will follow suit in finding ways to reduce the amount we throw away.

“Now at least chocolate lovers needn’t feel guilty about their impact on the environment while they indulge!”

Helene Roberts, Head of Packaging at M&S, said:

“This is a fantastic step forwards for food packaging – we know our customers really want to be responsible and using plantic means they can enjoy a delicious box of chocolates without the worry of what to do with the leftover tray – they can just throw it on their compost heap.”

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