Marks & Spencer Gets Greener

Marks & Spencer, already on the A list for its environmentally aware practices, has announced its "A Plan" to get even better. They will spend £200M ($393M) over the next five years to implement their 100-point plan which includes making the supermarket carbon neutral and sending no waste to landfills by 2012. Already at the forefront, last year the top executives saw the film "An Inconvenient Truth" and Stuart Rose, the Chief Executive said "We believe a responsible business can be a profitable business. We are calling this "Plan A" because there is no 'plan B'." The plan covers five areas, including fair trade --offering more Fairtrade products and making 20M garments a year out of Fairtrade cotton (an extension of their existing commitment). They will reduce their use of packaging by 25% and use packaging materials from sustainable or recycled sources. Already cut back, it will now become fully degradable, using cornstarch derived plastic. Stores will also test composters which will produce biogas from out of date food and other waste. The retailer will buy as much food from the UK and Ireland as possible; doubling the amount with the next twelve months. Interestingly, they will decrease the amount of food flown in and label imported food as 'flown'. And as a final show of solidarity, Stuart Rose will swap his company BMW for a hydrogen powered car. :: Marks & Spencer

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