Sustainable Products At B&Q - Key Milestones

At B&Q we're taking steps to ensure our products are sustainable and meet the highest standards possible.

2008

Stopped selling patio heaters, non-native invasive plants, 100% bagged peat growing media and PVC shower curtains.

2011

Achieved 100% responsible sourcing of timber in products.

2012

Stopped selling pesticides containing any of the following neonicitinoids: clothianidin, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid.

2014

Stopped selling hosepipes containing DEHP, a phthalate. Expanded polystyrene packaging removed from pack bedding plants. Required suppliers of natural stone products to join the TFT Responsible Stone Group.

2015

Required all Christmas trees to be grown employing Global G.A.P. standards.

2016

Stopped selling sulphuric acid based drain unblocking chemicals and removed all peat from strip vegetable plant packs.

2017

Required all horticultural suppliers to B&Q to stop using any neonicitinoid pesticides in the growing of flowering plants for sale at B&Q.

2019

Set carbon reduction targets in line with 2oC warming.

2020

55% of all products sold help create greener, healthier homes – meeting our Sustainable Home Product criteria.

92% of all wood and paper in our retail products responsibly sourced.

2021

Revised our carbon reduction targets in line with 1.5oC warming.

91% of stores fitted with LED lighting.

Launched our first in-store Sustainability Zone in St Albans, helping customers learn about sustainable products. 

Future commitments

2023

Sell only 100% peat-free compost in our stores.

2025

Become forest positive – 100% responsibly sourced wood and paper, no deforestation through other materials we use; protecting and restoring forests.