Visiting the Food Hall may be one of the biggest draws of heading to your local Marks & Spencer, but following a new change within the stores, that's set to become a very different experience.
M&S have announced that rather than plastic cutlery, they will now be using wooden cutlery in all of their shops across the UK.
Customers will be used to picking up a plastic knife, fork and spoon whenever they grab themselves a pack of fruit, a pasta pot or a tasty salad. But no more, as the store’s 75 million pieces of plastic cutlery have been replaced by wooden alternatives.
The new cultery is created by the Forest Stewardship Council (FCS), and the change has been made in a bid to tackle the increasing problem of plastic pollution.
The wooden cutlery will now be present in all food halls and cafe’s across M&S stores, including those in Wales.
Many Marks & Spencer shoppers have praised the eco-friendly move from the shop, applauding them for making a positive change. One wrote on Twitter, ‘Am glad Marks & Spencer’s have ditched plastic cutlery and now only offer wooden cutlery with their take-away food’.
While another commented, ‘Bought myself a little salad today and really pleased to see that @marksandspencer have swapped their plastic forks for wooden forks!’
However, a few have been left less enthused by the change, joking that eating some foods with a wooden spoon is a little odd for them. One wrote, ‘Having extreme sensory issues with the Marks and Spencer wooden cutlery.
‘I know it’s environmentally friendly but my god I never ever want to eat a yoghurt with a wooden spoon again.’
Marks & Spencer bosses have made a committed move to reducing their plastic usage recently, in particular single-use plastic.
Plan A and Sustainable Business Director at M&S Mike Barry, said of the changes, “We’re passionate about cutting out the unnecessary use of plastic and helping our customers reuse and recycle more.
“Replacing the 75 million pieces of plastic cutlery we give out every year in our stores with FSC certified wooden alternatives is just one of the steps we’re taking to remove single-use plastics from our business.”