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17th December 2010

 

CUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL COST OF CHRISTMAS AND DO YOUR BIG SHOP AT THE CO-OP OR M&S SAYS ETHICAL CONSUMER

 

As households prepare to do the biggest shop of the year to stock up for the festive season, Ethical Consumer magazine urges shoppers to cut the environmental cost of Christmas by shopping at either the Co-op or M&S which are named today as the UK's greenest supermarkets in the latest Ethical Consumer buyers' guide.

 

The environmental and ethical performance of 19 of the country's leading supermarkets and convenience stores were scrutinised in the survey. This included detailed analysis of the companies' Corporate and Social Responsibility reports, the first time that this sort of research has ever been carried out.

 

The results reveal that a clear divide now exists between the top two performing supermarkets, namely the Co-op and M&S and the other 17 companies.

 

Stand-out policies from these two companies include the Co-op's fish policy whose goal is to operate its fish sourcing policy in line with the aims and objectives of the Marine Stewardship Council. Plus the Co-op aims to use 98% renewable electricity in its 5,500 sites across the UK.

 

M&S came out top for its palm oil policies and is currently working with WWF on this issue. M&S also scored well for its climate change related policies which include a target of using non crop-derived biofuels in its fleet of vehicles.

 

Rob Harrison from Ethical Consumer and co-author of the buyers' guide said:

 

If you're lucky enough to live close to a local independent shop that has an ethical stocking policy then this is where we would recommend people to shop. However the reality is that the vast majority of us now shop in supermarkets and we would therefore urge shoppers to choose either the Co-op or M&S.”

 

These two companies have made genuine efforts to reduce the environmental and ethical impact of their operations and have demonstrated that they are setting the environmental agenda for supermarkets.”

 

In the supermarket buyers' guide the three worst performing companies are identified as Tesco, ASDA and Netto which came bottom.

 

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NOTES TO EDITORS

 

1 A copy of the supermarkets buyers' guide can be obtained for £3 by following this link: download the Supermarkets buyers' guide

 

2 Launched in 1989 Ethical Consumer is the UK's leading ethical and environmental magazine. In each issue Ethical Consumer examines the ethical and environmental record of the companies behind everyday products and services from bread to banks. For more information visit the Ethical Consumer website: www.ethicalconsumer.org

 

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