Cloudy Lemonade

I bought some cloudy lemonade from Marks & Spencer. I do not like to shop there, but often there is little alternative if you are in a hurry or if your local high street is impossible to access with large amounts of shopping. The cloudy lemonade looked good but the taste soured when I read the label more carefully.Cloudy Lemonade

I suppose rather foolishly when I bought something that is called “Cloudy Lemonade I expected to have water sugar and lemon in it. In fact the label claims that it product is “made with real lemon juice”. Continue reading

High Pressure Energy Selling

When there are only six major sellers of domestic energy, which is a product that cannot be improved or changed, the sellers of energy can only compete for market share. There are a number of ways of competing for market share. You can advertise, send mail shots to potential customers, or put a sales person in front of the customer. Continue reading

Why are we still using plastic bags?

For many years plastic supermarket bags have caused terrible environmental problems. They are taken to landfill sites because they cannot be easily recycled, where they either do not rot in the ground or get blown over the countryside ensnaring birds and animals. They are made from finite resources like oil which itself has a significant climate change effect. It seems odd to use fuel to make bags, creating long term emissions instead of using recyclable and easily biodegradable materials like cotton, hemp or paper to carry the shopping. Continue reading

Marks & Spencer’s green profit centre

There is a tendency for people who try to sell you things to exaggerate the qualities and properties of what they sell. In modern times we smile at the propaganda of advertisements of many years ago. They seem so childish, but they worked because people believed them, not wanting to think that the manufacturers of toothpaste, soap or even carbolic smoke balls had set out to scam them.

Nowadays advertisers and merchandisers hone in on the words “green” and “organic” to sell their wares. Retailers like Marks & Spencer appeared to have created a “green” profit centre, where none existed before. Continue reading

Marks & Spencers plastic bags and packaging

Marks & Sparks have decided to help the environment is they will make a 5p charge for food plastic bags from 6th May. Environmentalists have been asking for food supermarkets to review their practices on plastic bags for some years, and M&S feel (after trials) that by making a modest charge the use of plastic bags will decrease, thus saving the environment from a product that is usually only used once or possibly twice if you use them as bin liners after you get home. 

M&S will donate the money they take from selling these plastic bags to an environmental charity, Groundwork, who do excellent work creating or adapting parks, playgrounds and other environmentally friendly places all of the country.  Continue reading