The retailer has rolled out widely recyclable vine tomato packaging as part of 2025 sustainability target
M&S today (22 July) announced a further move to make its grocery products more sustainable with the introduction of new widely recyclable packaging for its British Collection vine tomatoes.
The new packaging replaces a hard to recycle plastic sleeve with recyclable cardboard and a small amount of plastic film; just enough to preserve the freshness of the tomatoes and still enable the pack to be recycled as cardboard in a household recycling bin.
Three on-the-vine tomato varieties, Piccolo, Pomodolci and Capella will be available in the new packaging, available across all M&S stores and via Ocado as of now.
Developed with Leicester-based The Reflex Packaging Group and inspired by traditional sandwich packaging, the innovative design is part of M&S’ commitment for all food packaging to be widely recyclable by 2025.
The retailer has also pledged to remove 1bn units of plastic food packaging by 2027. The new tomato packaging design has 95 per cent less plastic, estimated to remove 8m units by the end of the year.
The new design features in M&S’ Fresh Market Update campaign showcasing how one of the retailer’s British Select Farmers delivers its popular sweet rosso tomatoes.
Last year, M&S also introduced widely recyclable packaging for its Mandagold tangerines, removing approximately 748,000 pieces of plastic, with more citrus lines, including Blood Oranges, available in the earth packaging later this year.
Andrew Clappen, Technical Director at M&S Food, said: “At M&S we know our customers are deeply concerned about the environment and rightly expect us to make our products as sustainable as possible. That’s why we’re exploring recyclable packaging alternatives for our products, which also help us to meet our plastic reduction targets.
“We want our customers to shop with confidence knowing that the trusted value M&S is famous for means not only delicious, great value and quality produce but a more sustainable choice.”
M&S recently reset its sustainability programme Plan A, to have an unrelenting focus on becoming a net zero Scope 3 business across its supply chain and products by 2040 and to support customers to make more sustainable choices.