M&S is a proud sponsor of the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon. This environmentally friendly and health-promoting event is a great match for the way M&S does business, not to mention their ambitious goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable major retailer by 2015.

During the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, M&S will be helping to keep runners hydrated by handing out specially designed bottles of water. When the race is over, we’ll collect the empties and send them to Closed Loop’s recycling plant in Dagenham, where they’ll be recycled into food-grade plastic flakes that will be used to make new food packaging.

M&S will also be providing runners with Fairtrade bananas. Not only will they give an energy boost to the hard-working athletes, but, like all Fairtrade products, they’ll help small-scale farmers and farm workers in developing countries to improve their lives and their communities.

And, finally, any discarded race clothing along the route will be collected and donated to Oxfam, raising much needed funds to help them fight poverty.