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Drop your Christmas cards at M&S to help Woodland Trust

As thoughts turn to ‘un-decking’ the halls and taking down the tree, the Woodland Trust is urging everyone to help protect the UK’s woodland by dropping their Christmas cards off at their local M&S store. For every 1,000 cards recycled in store, M&S will fund the planting of one tree.

Cards_portraitThe UK is already 8,135 trees richer thanks to customers’ efforts last year – when a staggering 8.1 million cards were dropped into M&S stores. This season, special card collection bins are already in M&S stores* – where they will stay until 31 January 2015.

Sarah Locker of the Woodland Trust explained: “It’s a win, win. By recycling cards via the Marks & Spencer Christmas Card Recycling Scheme, you are playing a key part in turning unwanted waste into much needed trees – so it goes one better than simply recycling your cards in your green wheelie bins! By dropping your cards off at M&S stores, you’re helping us to plant new woodland or, to think of it another way, grow new homes for hundreds of species, from dormice to woodpeckers, beetles to butterflies.”

Mike Barry, Director of Plan A at M&S said, “This brilliant scheme plays an important role in helping our customers live a more sustainable lifestyle, a key part of our eco and ethical programme. Small steps taken by individuals can have a huge impact and the M&S collection boxes make it easy for anyone to get involved in preserving our natural habitats, simply by dropping off their Christmas card at their local store.” To find out more, speak to your local M&S store manager or visit www.plana.marksandspencer.com

*All M&S stores including most M&S Simply Food stores. Excludes stores in Channel Islands, Isle of Man, selected Simply Food stores (where they are too small to have a bin e.g. at train stations) and Simply Food stores at BP Connect, railways, motorway services, hospitals and airports. The scheme does not operate in the Republic of Ireland.

M&S Christmas Card Recycling Scheme. Marks & Spencer has been supporting the planting of trees with the Woodland Trust through card recycling at Christmas since 2008 – and 60,239 trees have been planted as a result. When the Woodland Trust-run recycling scheme involving multiple retailers came to an end in 2011, M&S decided to carry on running the scheme from January 2012, with the Woodland Trust as the beneficiary.

About the Woodland Trust. The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity championing native woods and trees. It has more than 500,000 members and supporters and its three key aims are: i) to enable the creation of more native woods and places rich in trees ii) to protect native woods, trees and their wildlife for the future iii) to inspire everyone to enjoy and value woods and trees.  Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,200 sites in its care covering approximately 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres). Access to all Woodland Trust sites is free.

About Christmas cards

  • The commercial Christmas card was invented in 1846 by Sir Henry Cole, the chief organiser of the Great Exhibition, pioneer of the penny post and founder of the V&A Museum.  One of Sir Henry Cole’s first Christmas cards, sent to his Grandmother, was sold at auction in 2011 for £22,500.[Greeting Card Association]
  • Charities estimate that £50m is raised for good causes through the sales of charity Christmas cards each year.
  • 85% of all cards are bought by women!
  • In 2011, the average person sent 15 Christmas cards, but this year research found that this will rise to an expected 19 cards per person.
  • An overwhelming 80 per cent of people would prefer a traditional card to any electronic festive wishes sent on Facebook or through other social media channels.

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