TV presenter Julia Bradbury is this year’s backer of the M&S Christmas Card Recycling Scheme – and is calling on people to recycle their cards to help plant thousands of trees across the UK.
For every 1,000 cards dropped in to M&S stores for recycling throughout January, the retailer will fund us to plant a tree.
"By simply popping into your local M&S and dropping your cards into the collection boxes, customers can help the Woodland Trust to turn unwanted waste into much needed trees and preserve the UK's wildlife habitats." Alexis Steadman, Plan A Community Relations Manager at M&S. We and M&S have set an ambitious target to collect and recycle more than 6 million Christmas cards so we can plant 6,000 trees.
"By simply popping into your local M&S and dropping your cards into the collection boxes, customers can help the Woodland Trust to turn unwanted waste into much needed trees and preserve the UK's wildlife habitats."
Mum of three Julia is a former presenter of the BBC's Countryfile and is currently setting up her own online site called "The Outdoor Guide" – featuring a host of online resources for people who love the outdoors.
"After an over-indulgent Christmas there’s nothing better than a bracing winter walk to see in the new year, and rediscover all our countryside has to offer - from stunning woodland, to the fascinating wildlife that calls it home. What’s great, is that by clearing out your Christmas cards and recycling them at M&S, we can help the Woodland Trust plant thousands more trees, that will become lush, vibrant woods for future generations to explore and enjoy."
Our fundraiser Joanne Mathieson said:
"The beauty of this scheme is in its simplicity. Simply collect up those cards after Christmas that are often lying about, take them to your local M&S store – there are bins in most stores – and M&S will do the rest.
"Not only will the cards be recycled, but where it differs to your kerbside recycle bins is that native trees will be planted right here in the UK too. The more cards collected, the more trees we can plant so please join in and drop your cards off at M&S!"
The M&S Christmas Card Recycling Scheme – a long term success
The M&S Christmas Card Recycling Scheme is now in its fifth year, and the UK is 32,000 trees richer thanks to the public’s efforts in dropping cards in to store each January, rather than distributing in kerbside recycling bins. In previous years, X Factor’s Dermot O'Leary and comedienne Jo Brand have endorsed the scheme.
Last year 6,255,833 cards were collected through the M&S Christmas Card Recycling Scheme, enabling us to plant 6,256 trees throughout the UK. The popularity of the scheme means it will run again this year.
Special card collection bins will be in M&S stores from 2 January to 31 January 2016.
To start recycling your Christmas cards simply pop into your local M&S store and drop your cards into the collection boxes