Greenpeace protest Camden M&S’s use of plastic packaging

Greenpeace encouraged shoppers to hand back plastic packaging at the tills of Camden High Street's M

Greenpeace encouraged shoppers to hand back plastic packaging at the tills of Camden High Street's Marks and Spencer store. Picture: Lisa Thomson - Credit: Archant

Campaigners from Greenpeace staged a protest outside the Camden High Street Marks and Spencer on Saturday to urge the high street giant to crack down on its use of single-use plastic.

Greenpeace campaigners highlight "unnecessary" plastic packaging at Camden High Street's Marks and S

Greenpeace campaigners highlight "unnecessary" plastic packaging at Camden High Street's Marks and Spencer store. Picture: Lisa Thomson - Credit: Archant

Activists encouraged shoppers to return to the tills to hand back excess plastic.

Greenpeace UK’s Elena Polisano said: “Major grocery retailers have a huge role to play in cutting the overall amount of throwaway plastic being produced, making sure unnecessary and non-recyclable plastics are off the shelves by 2019, and switching to truly sustainable solutions.”

Camden woman Evelyn Richardson was shopping at the time. She said: “I never really took much notice of excessive packaging on supermarket shelves, but now I have, it is almost impossible to ignore and hard not to become outraged by.”

A Marks and Spencer spokesperson said: “We’re doing everything we can to reduce the amount of plastic we use – designing plastic out, replacing it with planet friendly alternatives and making sure that any we do use can be easily recycled.”