It’s about time I came back to the blog with an ethical spotlight. I was so delighted when I learned about how ethical and environmentally conscious Marks & Spencer are, and you will be too…keep reading to find out more.
I don’t want to say that I was surprised when I realised how conscious Marks & Spencer is, but I guess as a major retailer, I just didn’t expect them to be this conscious. I’ve always been a big fan of the Marks & Spencer brand across the board. My love definitely began with the freshly baked cookies in the Naas store years ago. It was always such a treat to go up and get one (or five) on a Friday after school. I became more familiar with the fashion side of Marks & Spencer in later years. I feel as though I’ve always associated their clothing as pieces that are of great quality. Anything and everything that I’ve purchased down the years has always withstood the test of time.
Ethics, Sustainability & the Environment
Marks & Spencer first launched it’s sustainability plan in 2007, and in 2012, they were the first major UK retailer to become carbon neutral. In 2007, their sustainability strategy resulted in the entire company totally restructuring their supply chain. Everyone from the small farmers to the partners and the employees were considered across many different categories (health care, well-being etc etc).
This plan is referred to as Plan A and covers all of the M&S categories, from food to household products to fashion. You can learn more about this here. Marks & Spencer also use a proportion of eco-friendly materials including recycled nylon, recycled polyester and organic cotton in the production of their high quality and long lasting products.
In terms of pledges, they have set a deadline for the elimination of hazardous chemicals by 2020. It also has a policy to eliminate environmental pollution from use of chromium and other chemicals in their leather tanning processes. They implement water reduction initiatives and they publicly share their updates on whether or not they’ve reached the specific targets that they outline. Transparency is so important when a brand chooses to commit to such conscious efforts and it’s great to see that they will be and are being honest in their efforts and results.
Marks & Spencer also get a “Good” rating on the Good On You app that I’ve been chatting a lot about over the past few months. Very few retailers of this size and many sizes have this rating so this is absolutely brilliant to see.
My full outfit in today’s post is from Marks & Spencer and I absolutely adore it. When I saw the coat, I had to have it, there was absolutely no question about it. Cashmere is a fabric that I’ve been harping on about for a while now. This polo is of such gorgeous quality, it’s very fine but still maintains that luxurious feel that cashmere offers. My boots are the star of the show in my eyes, when it comes to #30Wears, these truly fit the bill.
I really hope you enjoyed this post, and you can expect to see lots more like it, and more from Marks & Spencer in the weeks and months to come.
*A massive thank you to Marks & Spencer for partnering with me on this post. I am so thrilled to promote a brand like this, who I have loved for so long. It’s also even better to work with a brand who have such high moral standards, I am so thrilled to help them promote this through my platforms and while wearing their beautiful pieces.