Marshalls plc, the suppliers of landscaping products to builders merchants, have announced that they have the largest number of officially carbon labelled products, anywhere in the world.
From October, all of Marshalls’ 503 domestic landscaping products will be carbon labelled using the Carbon Trust’s official Carbon Reduction Label. This will indicate to consumers the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent emitted from extracting and processing raw materials, manufacturing, distributing, and disposing of these products.
Marshalls are the first company to label the entire range and were the first in the landscaping industry to work with the Carbon Trust’s labelling scheme.
Group marketing director Chris Harrop said: “It was a bold step to commit at this early stage to labelling all of our product range, but we wanted to do this right – from the outset.
“Labelling a few products allows consumers to see the carbon footprint, but it limits the options in terms of choosing a product with a smaller footprint if there’s nothing to compare it to. We are immensely proud to be the first company to label the entire product range. We are completely committed to reducing our carbon footprint and so working with the Carbon Trust was a natural progression for us. A single methodology and defined labelling scheme across all industries is key to accelerating consumer confidence and support, and we challenge the rest of the industry to follow.”
As part of its commitment to sustainability, Marshalls were also the first in the industry to launch an online carbon calculator in January last year. The calculator allows customers to measure the carbon impact of their hard landscaping choices and will also be updated with the data from the Carbon Trust.