M&S Plan A's goal is "only use plastic in our business
where it has a clear and demonstrable benefit."
How does a free plastic toy fit with this?
We have launched a campaign calling for Marks & Spencer in the United Kingdom to cease their giveaway promotion, Little Shop, which is almost two-thirds plastic; throwaway, giveaway toys.
On 10th July 2019 I received an email from one of my favourite shopping brands Marks and Spencers (M&S). M&S are a huge billion pound turnover empire. The email can be read HERE
. It informed me about a promotion where for each £20 you spend in food shopping, you would receive a toy replicating in miniature a M&S product.
Despite nearly 7,000 people signing the petition and reassurances from M&S they would listen, on 1st July 2020 on the first day of Plastic Free Month they launched Little Shop 2.
The head of Sustainability Carmel McQuaid informed us that M&S carefully listened to our concerns on plastic, but she still went ahead anyway. Unfortunately there are serious concerns on the safety aspect of creating toys from recycled materials.
Once more there are a variety of products to collect as miniature versions of the plastic products we are trying to get rid of. There is no demonstrable value in creating these plastic toys. Recycled plastic may not be safe for children and M&S are increasing the tisk of transmission of Covid19 by encouraging sharing of toys with other households during a global pandemic.
The website https://corporate.marksandspencer.com/stories/blog/acting-on-plastic
states "plastics have become a high-profile issue for consumers, the media and politicians as Blue Planet II highlighted the plight of the oceans." and "We are setting ourselves a simple goal to only use plastic in our business where it has a clear and demonstrable benefit".
The petition was created because:
- Little Shop 2 directly opposes Plan A.
- Many of the toys will end up in landfill or the sea.
- The plastic cannot be recycled unless returned to an M&S store.
- Recycled plastics may be unsuitable for toy manufacture.
- M&S have ignored public feedback and opinion on plastic use.
- Increased risk of transmission of Covid19.