The Co-op and Marks & Spencer were recently named as the UK's 'greenest supermarkets'. The survey by the Ethical Consumer magazine urges shoppers to shop with the better performing retailers in order to make an impact when shopping and influence retailers to improve their green credentials.
In the survey of 19 retailers the Co-op and Marks & Spencer were significantly ahead of the remaining 17, with retailers such as Tesco, Asda and Netto being rated as the three worst performers. In particular, note was made of the Co-op sourcing 98% of electricity from renewable sources for its 5,500 sites in the UK. Marks & Spencer came in for praise for its sustainable fish policy and its policy on palm oil.
Still, with the rest of the bunch performing so badly in comparison and even the Co-op and Marks and Spencer admitting they still have a long way to go, we are some way form being able to shop at any supermarket chain with a totally clear conscience. Let's hope 2011 brings even more progress and a better report for all the retailers in the survey. In the meantime, shopping local and buying locally sourced goods as much as possible is still the best way to be as green as possible... oh, and by shopping less too.