On March 1st, 2010 Marks & Spencer announced a programme to be the world’s most sustainable retailer by 2015 launching 80 major new commitments under M&S’ eco and ethical plan, Plan A.
Plan A, started on 2007, had already proven its efficacy achieving these great results in 2009/2010:
• Cost savings of around £50m for M&S;
• New products and services, including 250,000 customers from M&S Energy;
• Cut CO2 emissions by 40,000t;
• Recycled 2 million used garments via Oxfam;
• Reduced 10,000 tonnes of packaging;
• Diverted 20,000 tonnes of waste from landfill;
• Saved 387 million food carrier bags;
• Used 1,500 tonnes of recycled polyester (equivalent to 37 million bottles);
• Saved 100 million litres of water;
• Recycled or re-used over 130 million clothing hangers;
• £15m for charities.
Yesterday, April 18th 2011, Marks & Spencer achieved a new great result opening the retailer’s “greenest-ever” store at Ecclesall Road in Sheffield.
The store is the first of a number of new ‘Sustainable Learning’ stores, that are part of M&S’ drive to become the world’s most sustainable major retailer by 2015.
The new 12,400 sq ft Simply Food store, built from scratch on a former brownfield site, incorporates a host of sustainable design and construction features, including an LED screen giving real-time public transport information, electric car charging points and a green living wall to attract wildlife.
All the bricks used in the build have also been reclaimed from a local mill.
Marc Bolland said:
“We’re delighted to be opening M&S’ greenest-ever store, providing customers with top quality M&S food and drink products in such a convenient location.”
The store is “firmly on course” to achieve a BREEAM rating of Excellent, making it one of the most sustainable retail outlets in the UK.
Its carbon emissions will be 23% lower and energy usage 30% lower than a traditional similarly sized store.
Innovative features include:
- LED lighting, which is 25% more efficient than standard lighting, is used throughout the store, a first in the UK.
- Sun pipes bring natural lighting onto the shop floor;
- 100% of the timber used is FSC certified, a UK first;
- All the bricks have been reclaimed from an old local mill;
- Water costs will be reduced by up to 40%, compared with a traditional similarly sized store, by using harvested rainwater;
- Capturing heat expelled from the store’s refrigeration units to help heat the store;
- A living green roof of sedum plants and green living wall have created wildlife habitats, as well as insulating the store;
- Bird boxes have been placed around the perimeter wall of the site;
- In total, 62 different species of plants have been planted on or around the store;
- Polished concrete floors have removed the need for floor covering;
- 100% of the construction waste has been recycled.
All employees at the store have also been fully trained to understand its environmental features and will be encouraged to share this information with customers. (Source: The Food and Drink innovation Network)