Marshalls are my main sponsor for the Edible Medley show garden for the RHS Tatton Show this year. Not only do they create a fantastic range of products, but they manage their business in an ethical and socially responsible way. With my background in sustainable development, this really appeals to me!
A visit to Marshalls Landscape House in Yorkshire with Actual Landscapes yesterday allowed a sneak preview of some of the fantastic products we will be using.
We are going to be building the garden with a beautiful range of ethically imported Fairstone Indian sandstone. You might ask how stone can be ethical, or unethical...well, let me tell you! Marshalls, as a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative, address key issues throughout its supply chain such as child labour, bonded labour, illegal quarries, poor living conditions, migrant worker settlements and environmental damage on a massive scale. By working with charities and quarries to improve conditions, they not only ensure a safe working environment, but the lives of workers are safeguarded through insurance policies and living wages.
I will be talking a lot more about this important issue...watch this space!
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