Well-known retailer Marks and Spencer are due to open a new store on the outskirts of York, and it’s looking to become one of Britain’s greenest shops.
The store, opening at the Vangarde Shopping Park, Monk’s Cross, will feature “living” walls, electric car charging points and will be powered by 600 solar panels.
The “living” walls will provide habitat for wildlife, provide natural insulation and assist with air purification.
The store will also contain a 60,000 litre rainwater harvesting tank, to reduce reliance on a mains water supply.
The store will sell a wide range of Marks and Spencer products, including extensive men’s, women’s and home departments and cafe and proves that even one of the oldest retail chains can make a difference in the world of energy efficiency.
Updating stores to incorporate energy-saving technology is just one of a number of steps they are taking as part of their Plan A strategy, launched in 2007, in which they aim to achieve 180 commitments by 2015 to tackle climate change, reduce waste, promote health and wellbeing and promote fair trade.
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