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M&S announces 'unprecedented' green overhaul

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Marks & Spencer's Chief Stuart Rose has unveiled a rigorous five-year 'eco plan' for the chain costing £200m; a move now being praised by sustainability campaigners as 'the most progressive project of any kind by a mainstream retailer in the UK'.

M&S has consulted with key members of the UK green glitterati, including former Friends of the Earth director Jonathan Porritt. Among the proposals of the 100-point plan are using recycled plastic bottles in clothing manufacture, using unsold food as a source of recyclable energy, banning group waste from landfill dumps, and a pledge to become fully carbon neutral by 2012.

The announcement by M&S comes at a time of 'greener than thou' brinkmanship by a long list of supermarkets and other large retailers, and trumps recent attempts by Tesco and Asda to reduce their respective carbon footprints. But the M&S plan reaches beyond many of the single-issue solutions offered by competitors, and is already being held up as an example to other businesses.

Such is Rose's commitment to the cause that he is also reported to have traded in his BMW for a hydrogen powered car. He has dubbed the project 'Plan A', explaining that where the environment is concerned, 'there is no plan B'.

January 15, 2007 in Carbon Neutral Living, Fashion & accessories, Green News | Permalink

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