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Marks and Spencer has given its support to efforts to reduce the environmental impact of clothes production by teaming up with charity Oxfam to launch the UK's biggest clothes recycling campaign.

Members of the public who drop off their unwanted Marks and Spencer's clothes at an Oxfam shop will receive a £5 voucher to be spent on any purchase above £35 at the retail chain.

Commenting on the new scheme, Barbara Stocking, director of Oxfam, said: "Recycling and reusing clothes - and anything else we can sell - has always been central to Oxfam's fundraising, as well as being good for the environment.

"Through our unique textile recycling facility and the resourcefulness and skills of our specialist staff, Oxfam is able to make the most from all the clothes we receive."

Marks and Spencer's involvement comes as part of its Plan A programme, aiming to promote sustainability and reductions in carbon emissions throughout the company's business practices.

The five-year undertaking has so far seen the retailer reduce carbon emissions from its stores and offices by 55,000 tones, as well as opening three pilot 'eco-stores'.ADNFCR-1231-ID-18431152-ADNFCR

Article Date: 17 January 2008

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