Original Post: Anamorphosis 02 Nov 2007
Marks & Spencer rolled out a green carpet early last month, as they unveiled their first ever eco-friendly store. The seaside town of Bournemouth, on the South Coast of the UK is the location for the first ever "green" Marks & Spencer which opened on October 4th 2007.
The installation of new systems and equipment, including new lobby entrances, will mean the store will use up to 25 per cent less energy. It will be powered with green renewable energy, delivering a 92 per cent carbon dioxide saving, and will have a host of water-saving initiatives, including dual flush toilets and self-closing taps. The store will also recycle and re-use up to 80 per cent of waste and key construction off-cuts and staff will have eco-friendly uniforms including fleeces made from recycled plastic bottles. Environmentally-friendly construction materials have also been used in the refurbishment, including recyclable plastic shelving and the store will also implement a green travel plan for suppliers, staff and customers.
Jenny Davey of Times Online commented: "It was opening day at the Marks & Spencer store in Bournemouth, and a throng of elderly ladies with curled perms and smart handbags were cheerfully clamouring to grab free glasses of buck’s fizz. But for Richard Gillies, an M&S veteran of more than 20 years, there was a different cause for celebration; the Bournemouth shop had become the first store in the retailer’s 550-plus portfolio to enjoy a “green” makeover, making it one of the most environmentally friendly stores in Britain. The shop, which has been a fixture in Bournemouth for more than 70 years, has been a labour of love for Gillies, the man in charge of store design, development and procurement at M&S."