Monday, 19 June 2017

M&S says labelling avocados with lasers is more sustainable



Marks and Spencer is paring back its fruit and veg labelling to be more environmentally friendly, replacing stickers with laser-markings.

 
From Thursday, M&S will sell avocados bearing what look like pale tattoos, showing a best-before date and origin.


Peeling away the traditional labelling will save 10 tonnes of paper and five tonnes of glue a year, says M&S.


More of its fruit and vegetables may be laser-branded in future, the retailer says.


"The laser just takes off one layer of skin and instead of inking it or burning it, the skin retracts and leaves a mark," says Charlie Curtis, senior produce agronomist at Marks and Spencer.
"What we're putting onto the fruit is country of origin, best before date and there's a short code so you can put it through quickly at the [checkout] till."




BBC     News.