We’re very proud of the ethical credentials of the Conran for M&S range. We are committed to Plan A â€“ the M&S promise to minimise the environmental impact of all of its products and stores.
The upholstery for our furniture is made in the Westbridge factory in North Wales, one of M&S’s model green factories. It’s an old building, but you wouldn’t know it from the energy-saving technology throughout. Everything from the light switches to the roof have been carefully designed to minimise the factory’s environmental impact.
Sun tubes â€“ which funnel light down onto the factory floor, minimising the need for artificial lighting even on a gloomy day â€“ keep consumption low. Motion-activated lights ensure that power is not wasted overnight, and solar panels are used to heat the factory’s water.
Moreover, 92% of all waste from the factory is recycled, and only 5% goes to landfill â€“ a number Westbridge is steadily reducing. Even the employees at Westbridge are green: many now cycle to work with the help of a 50% bike subsidy offered by the factory.
Anthony Pydiah, Senior Quality Manager at Westbridge, is proud of the factory’s green credentials.
“Weâ€™re all absolutely delighted with the advances we’ve made in energy efficiency and recycling. It couldnâ€™t have been done without the support of the whole workforce. Even so, there’s lots still to do, and weâ€™re always looking at new ways to improve.”
Thanks to Plan A, buying our M&S furniture is an ethical as well as an aesthetic decision. This is true right down to when your sofa is delivered: the M&S team will take away your old one â€“ and every scrap of packaging â€“ for recycling.
Our spring range includes several new and updated pieces of furniture, including the elegant Priestley sofa and compact Bainbridge chair, all of which are upholstered to order in a fabric of your choice. Whichever you choose, you can be safe in the knowledge that you are doing a little bit of good for our planet.