High-street giant Marks & Spencer has become the first retailer in the UK to trial the use of recycled plastic in food and drink packaging on a large scale.
Using funding from the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the project has seen the retailer working with Closed Loop London and London Remade to introduce post-use recycled plastic in the packaging for its Food to Go range.
The six-month trial involved around 1,500 tonnes of PET being used in salad bowls, beverage bottles, recipe pots and trays. The recycled content varies between 30% and 50%.
Marks & Spencer packaging manager Helene Roberts said: "The recycling of plastic packaging in the UK is still a major challenge and as a result, our customers have difficulty seeing any type of plastic as sustainable. We believe that this project can help improve recycling levels and the customer's perception of plastic packaging."