Our Approach to Product Sustainability
When browsing our products, you may come across logos demonstrating a product's certifications, credentials or accreditations. Here's an explanation of what each of these logos mean.
accreditations and credentials
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organisation which promotes responsible management of the world's forests via timber certification. Chain-of-custody certification demonstrates our commitment to sustainable sourcing and verifies that we've put processes in place to supply FSC-certified products.
Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) bring a level of consistency and standardisation to sustainability reporting. These independently verified documents provide full details of a product's environmental impact - including a carbon footprint measured using a single carbon database. Visit our EPD library here.
Environmental product declerations from Marshalls
We have grouped products to provide family-level EPDs which cover over 80% of our product range.
EPDs (or Environmental Product Declarations) are independently verified and internationally recognised documents that present a life-cycle assessment of a product’s environmental impact. They provide a standardised framework including detailed information on various areas, including carbon footprint, energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, and waste generation.
Our progress in product sustainability
“It’s really important for us to be transparent about our sustainability credentials. We’re doing some great work and we’re proud that this is externally validated by reputable organisations like BSI and BRE. The icons we’ve added to our product pages are minimum achievements – in some cases we’re making even greater carbon savings like our cement replacement programme for our concrete block paving and carbon sequestration project for our concrete bricks."
Mike Edwards, Head of Sustainability
Marshalls Product Sustainability
Manufactured at a site which exclusively uses clean electricity sourced from solar, hydro or wind power (or a combination of all three).
Can be completely recycled at the end of its life. In the case of stone or concrete products, end-of-life recycling is most commonly crushing for use as sub-base aggregate or component materials.
Any plastic elements are manufactured from recycled plastic, diverting it from landfill and preventing more plastic from entering the waste stream.
Packaging has been removed as much as possible so there’s less waste to deal with on site, though some packaging may remain for product information and health and safety reasons.
Helps to manage surface water in terms of either attenuation, conveyance or infiltration, providing hydraulic engineers and landscape architects the tools they need to reduce flood risk.
Manufactured at a works which either recycles water in the cutting or pressing process, or uses harvested rainwater during its manufacture. These initiatives reduce pressure on mains water supplies and create resilience in water-scarce areas.
In traditional concrete, cement is the most carbon-heavy material in its composition, accounting for up to 50% of a product's "cradle to gate" emissions. Replacing as much cement as possible with an alternative binder material reduces the carbon impact of a product.
Secondary materials are by-products of another process - offcuts of natural stone, for example, or ash from a furnace. These aren’t "recycled" because they've never been used before but they would otherwise go to landfill.
Based on total tonnage, 98% of our commercial and domestic landscaping products are made in mainland Britain.
Creating better spaces for everyone
Marshalls has been in business for over a century. Our approach to sustainability is based on strong foundations, our Code of Conduct and The Marshalls Way of doing the right things, for the right reasons, in the right way. We always seek third party validation from internationally recognised standards.