UK DIY firms smash recycling and waste targets

Major retailers including Argos, Homebase and B&Q have smashed both waste to landfill and packaging targets as part of the Home Improvement Sector Commitment (HISC). The voluntary agreement set a 50% target to reduce waste sent to landfill by DIY firms compared to 2007 levels of 108,908 tonnes and cut own-brand and direct-sourced packaging by […]

Buying a new bathroom? Check for water saving labels

When shopping for a new bathroom, people will soon be able to look for labels which show the water efficiency of fittings such as taps and showers. That’s under a new voluntary scheme from DIY retailers, builders’ merchants and manufacturers which kicks in next summer. While some products already use a Water Label – similar […]

B&Q’s ‘green’ fleet powered by natural gas

British DIY and home improvement retailer B&Q has introduced a “greener” fleet with its dual fuel lorries powered by natural gas produced from waste. The move is part of the company’s aim to cut its carbon emissions from business travel and haulage by 50% by 2023 – currently at 36%. A total of 50 dual […]

Kingfisher follows M&S’ footsteps for green plans

The owners of B&Q are set to follow Marks & Spencer in a path to become more sustainable. Kingfisher, which owns B&Q and Screwfix, published its ‘2012 Corporate Responsibility Report’ last week following an announcement in March about its new sustainability project ‘Net Positive’. The report comes after M&S published its own commitments to address […]

Government to fund eco-apprenticeships

The government is to help fund the training of at least 1,000 apprentices on energy-saving technology courses. The funding is part of a package of measures announced today to create a skilled workforce for Energy Secretary Chris Huhne’s much-touted Green Deal programme. And it comes on the same day that the government unveiled The Carbon […]