Marks and Spencer now let’s you bring your own lunchbox to store to pick up food-to-go.
Yes, you if you haven’t managed to make that homemade salad again, at least you won’t feel guilty about all the plastic packaging around the one you bought.
From today, you can bring your reusable container to store, head to the Market place counter and fill it with whatever you want to eat.
And you’ll get 25p off for using your own container – an offer that is already in place for bringing your own cup for hot drinks.
M&S said it’s the first major retailer to introduce a scheme like this.
It is only available for food from the Market Place counter, where you can pick up a range of hot and cold lunch-to-go options including rotisserie chicken, fish and salads.
According to M&S, over 70,000 people pick up lunch from Market Place each week, which is currently available in 23 stores including London Pantheon on Oxford Street, Newcastle, Norwich and Manchester.
Don’t worry if you don’t already have a suitable container – you can get a clip storage containers for £4 from the Market Place counters, then take them home and wash them thoroughly, ready for the next day.
Paul Willgoss, Director of Food Technology at M&S, said: ‘Our priority is to reduce single-use packaging and ensure any we do use can be reused or recycled, as we work towards our 2022 target for all our packaging to be widely recyclable.
‘Food-to-go is a growing market; so finding solutions in this space is an important part of our wider plan. Our Market Place containers are already widely recyclable, but we want to go a step further with the introduction of an incentive to encourage customers to switch to reusable containers.’
Trewin Restorick, CEO and Founder of environmental charity Hubbub, commented: ‘People are rightly concerned about the environmental impact of single-use packaging. It is massively encouraging to see M&S become the first major retailer to offer customers a financial saving encouraging them to make an important change to their shopping habits.
‘We hope customers will respond positively and other retailers will follow this lead.’
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