Martin Moore Stone, a specialist retailer of natural stone tiles and porcelain, has been awarded The Planet Mark™ certification for committing to best practice in sustainability including cutting its carbon footprint year-on-year.
This is Martin Moore Stone’s first year of certification with The Planet Mark™. The retailer, headquartered in Esher, Surrey, has a full e-commerce website and a range of 300 plus products. It also has showrooms around the country, including in London, Kent, Buckinghamshire, Cheshire and West Yorkshire. It employees four staff.
In its first year of reporting, it has calculated the carbon footprint of its Esher office and showroom for the year ending March 2017. It’s total carbon footprint for the period came to 11.1 tCO2e and to 2.78 tCO2e per employee.
Charles Margetts (pictured left), manager of Martin Moore Stone, was officially presented with The Planet Mark™ certificate by Steve Malkin (pictured right), founder of The Planet Mark™, at the Esher showroom in June 2017. The certificate recognises Martin Moore Stone’s good practice in sustainability, including:
- measuring carbon emissions from electricity, waste disposal and paper usage
- committing to a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually
- investing in the Eden Project to support education on climate change
- storing 260 tCO2e by protecting one acre of endangered rainforest through the charity Cool Earth
- committing to engage employees and suppliers to drive improvements.
Commenting on achieving The Planet Mark™, Charles said: “We have six showrooms of various size across the UK and The Planet Mark™ has helped in our thinking over reducing energy use and saving money with our lighting and heating. We have found The Planet Mark™ toolkits on travel and energy use to be particularly helpful.”
Steve added: “We are delighted to be certifying Martin Moore Stone for the first time. The company's commitment to reducing carbon emissions in its operations and minimising the environmental impacts in its stone flooring is to be applauded and will give greater peace of mind to its customers.”
Martin Moore Stone already sources and retails reclaimed flagstones, reclaimed terracotta and natural stone fireplaces.
Among new measures Martin Moore Stone is employing to reduce its carbon footprint is switching to the most efficient routes to get goods from the quarry to the client and shipping as many orders together as possible from our supplier to reduce transport movements and costs.
The company has also upgraded to energy efficient lighting in its showrooms, including fitting timers and movement sensors to turn lights on and off. It segregates waste to encourage recycling and has the paper recycled by a contractor. It also buys recycled jiffy bags for a samples and small packages it sends out.
Going forward, Martin Moore Stone said it planned to focus on reducing energy usage through behavioural change, and reducing paper use, including putting an end to printing plans for measurements when quoting, sending all quotations by email and collecting email addresses for every client to reduce the use of letters.
Holders of The Planet Mark™ have a minimum requirement to reduce their carbon emissions by 2.5% per year.
The Planet Mark™ was founded in 2013 with the iconic Eden Project in Cornwall, UK, and is awarded to businesses, properties, new developments and projects that are committed to reducing their carbon emissions.
Since it launched, The Planet Mark™ has certified over 100 organisations and delivered an average carbon emissions reduction of 14.5% per employee for its clients.