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Our journey to becoming a more sustainable M&Co.

Yes! We care… and we’re proud of how far we’ve come. Our aim to make better choices for our planet, our people and our products is at the heart of our business and if we can make a difference - we will.

“As a family business, caring comes naturally - for our employees, our communities making our products and the environment. We are at the start of our journey but carefully considering the decisions we make and their impact on the world around us. It's a journey that we're very passionate about"

Andy, CEO

“As a family business, caring comes naturally - for our employees, our communities making our products and the environment. We are at the start of our journey but carefully considering the decisions we make and their impact on the world around us. It's a journey that we're very passionate about"

Andy, CEO

PRODUCT

PRODUCT

Our buying and design teams work tirelessly to source our products more sustainably, while always striving to bring you nothing but the best quality and value for money too.

The aim? To make 100% of our products more sustainable. We’re already halfway there and we’re committed to every single blouse, bed sheet, coat and cushion - the whole collection, to guarantee good choices and positive changes behind every piece you choose.  

Our ‘We Care’ tag makes our efforts easy to spot. See it in store or in your online orders and become part of our journey. These products have been sourced in a more sustainable way, either through the materials they are made of or the responsible production practices they support.

 

What's The Plan?

 

 

What's The Plan?

 

By 2025 we will

Source 100% of our cotton more sustainably

Source 100%

of cotton more

sustainably by 2025

Source 100%

of cotton more

sustainably by 2025

DOUBLE OUR USAGE OF RECYCLED POLYESTER

SOURCE 100% OF viscose MORE SUSTAINABLY

Power our entire

store estate with

green energy by 2025

Power our entire

store estate with

green energy

by 2025

SOURCE 100% OF OUR LEATHER MORE SUSTAINABLY

Close the loop

on our plastic

packaging by 2023

Close the loop

on our plastic

packaging by 2023

Source 100% of cotton

more sustainably

 

Double our

usage of recycle

polyester

Source 100% of

viscose more

sustainably

Source 100% of linen

more sustainably

 

"We are committed to working in partnership with our supply chain to identify ways to improve the sustainability of our products and to make a positive difference in all that we do, while still delivering products our customers can love for a lifetime" - James, Chief Product Officer

Find Out More About Our Responsibly Sourced Materials

Better Cotton

We are a proud member of Better Cotton. Better Cotton is sourced via a system of Mass Balance and is not physically traceable to end products. However, Better Cotton Farmers benefit from the demand for Better Cotton in equivalent volumes to those we ‘source’.

‘More sustainable cotton’ includes Better Cotton and organic cotton. In 2021, we sourced 62% of our cotton as Better Cotton and 5% of M&Co-branded cotton units contained organic cotton.

For more information visit bettercotton.org/learnmore

Organic Cotton

Organic cotton is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilisers, leading to healthier soil and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. In 2021, 5% of M&Co’s branded cotton contained organic cotton.

Recycled Nylon

In 2022 we introduced our first range of swimwear made using recycled nylon. It’s made from pre-consumer waste material, essentially scraps from factories that could otherwise have ended up in landfill.

 

 

Jeanologia®

Jeanologia® specialise in sustainable technologies for garment finishing. Using Jeanologia’s Environmental Impact Measuring (EIM) software we’re using less water, less energy and fewer chemicals in our denim production, meaning more items are rated “low impact”. Find out more at www.jeanologia.com

Tencel™

TENCEL™ branded fibres are derived from sustainable wood sources and made using eco-responsible production methods.

Composed of natural material, all Tencel™ standard fibres are biodegradable and compostable under industrial, home, soil and marine conditions, thus they can fully revert back to nature.

Ecovero™

LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fibres are derived from sustainable wood sources and made using eco-responsible production methods. The manufacturing of Ecovero™ branded viscose fibres generates up to 50% lower emissions and water impact compared to generic viscose.

Leather Working Group

To support more responsible leather manufacturing across the globe we joined the Leather Working Group in 2022, a not-for-profit organisation responsible for the world's leading environmental certification for the industry. For more information visit www.leatherworkinggroup.com

Recycled Polyester

A more sustainable option than conventional polyester, choosing recycled polyester reduces the production of virgin material and is a way of preventing plastic waste from ending up in landfill.

 

 

Better Cotton

We are a proud member of Better Cotton. Better Cotton is sourced via a system of Mass Balance and is not physically traceable to end products. However, Better Cotton Farmers benefit from the demand for Better Cotton in equivalent volumes to those we ‘source’.

We are committed to sourcing 100% of our cotton as ‘more sustainable cotton’ by 2025. ‘More sustainable cotton’ includes Better Cotton and organic cotton. In 2021, we sourced 62% of our cotton as Better Cotton and 5% of organic cotton.

For more information visit bettercotton.org/learnmore

Organic Cotton

Organic cotton is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilisers, leading to healthier soil and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. In 2021, 5% of M&Co’s cotton was organic.

Recycled Nylon

In 2022 we introduced our first range of swimwear made using recycled nylon. It’s made from pre-consumer waste material, essentially scraps from factories that could otherwise have ended up in landfill.

 

 

Jeanologia®

Jeanologia® specialise in sustainable technologies for garment finishing. Using Jeanologia’s Environmental Impact Measuring (EIM) software we’re using less water, less energy and fewer chemicals in our denim production, meaning more items are rated “low impact”. Find out more at www.jeanologia.com 

Tencel™

TENCEL™ branded fibres are derived from sustainable wood sources and made using eco-responsible production methods.

Composed of natural material, all Tencel™ standard fibres are biodegradable and compostable under industrial, home, soil and marine conditions, thus they can fully revert back to nature.

Ecovero™

LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fibres are derived from sustainable wood sources and made using eco-responsible production methods. The manufacturing of Ecovero™ branded viscose fibres generates up to 50% lower emissions and water impact compared to generic viscose.

Leather Working Group

To support more responsible leather manufacturing across the globe we joined the Leather Working Group in 2022, a not-for-profit organisation responsible for the world's leading environmental certification for the industry. For more information visit www.leatherworkinggroup.com

Recycled Polyester

A more sustainable option than conventional polyester, choosing recycled polyester reduces the production of virgin material and is a way of preventing plastic waste from ending up in landfill.

 

 

PLANET

Our caring nature extends far beyond our own business. We’re committed to giving back and doing our bit to leave the planet a little better than we found it.

PLANET

These days we’re all aware of the impact we have on the planet and many of us are doing our bit, in our own way, to protect it. As a business we know we need to go further. At M&Co, the individuals who make up our company are passionate about the environment, and this has inspired big changes at a corporate level in a number of ways.

All store deliveries are carbon neutral. That’s over 500,000 boxes delivered, by our partner DPD, every year.

Our Distribution Centre and even some of our stores are fitted with solar panels; we produce our own green energy and combat more CO2 emissions.

We produce our own green energy with solar panels on our distribution centre.

We’re reducing our plastic and packaging waste. Each year alone, our Distribution Centre collects around 200 tonnes of cardboard and 30 tonnes of plastic packaging waste. We’re not just recycling this plastic, we’re re-using it too!

Our online order bags are leading the way, made from 80% recycled materials and the rest of our plastic packaging is made from at least 30% recycled materials, so we’re slowly, and sustainably, closing the loop.

Want to do your bit too? Here’s how to recycle at home… www.recyclenow.co.uk

And it’s not just the packaging…

Our black garment hangers are made with at least 80% recycled materials.  

And the gift cards… We’ve decided to ditch the plastic. So there’s even more reason to celebrate a special occasion, as they’re produced entirely from a bio-degradable, board material that’s far better for our planet.

PEOPLE

Family is at the heart of M&Co. From our staff in-store to our suppliers across the globe, we’re all working together and it’s important we look after each other.

PEOPLE

We’re a family business and families take care of each other. From the local towns we serve, to the global communities making our products, we’re all part of the wider community that is our planet.

This ethos, which puts caring front and centre, influences everything we do. From sourcing products with integrity, to respecting the environment and as members of the Ethical Trading Initiative, making sure that all suppliers are aware of our ethical requirements and uphold similar values.

Read more about how we’re protecting workers across our supply chain in our Modern Slavery Statement.

When people are treated with respect, work in decent conditions and earn fair rates of pay, everyone benefits and our customers enjoy better quality, better value and peace of mind. Is it any wonder M&Co was voted 17th in the Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For 2019.

This caring spirit is shown by our amazing staff, who have collectively raised more than £4 million for good causes. Fundraising is an active part of each store’s remit and Cancer Research UK has been our chosen charity partner since 2010. Fashion shows, sporting races, raffles and tombolas all help to bring in the money raised.

This year our store teams banded together to run a series of charity fashion shows across the country, raising more than £50K for the British Red Cross in aid of Ukraine.

We’re pledging to Reach £5 million of charity donations by 2025