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B&Q More Sustainable Product Milestones

At B&Q we’ve been continually improving the way we do things and trying to reduce our impact on the planet for over 30 years!

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1991

Set our first timber sourcing policy to reduce illegal logging and deforestation in our supply chain. Launched our first peat-free compost. 

1993

Became founding members of the Forest Stewardship Council to improve responsible sourcing of wood and paper across the industry. 

1998

Became the first UK retailer to label and reduce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in paint. 

2008

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

2012

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

2014

Stopped selling hosepipes containing DEHP, a phthalate and removed expanded polystyrene packaging from pack bedding plants.  

2015

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

2016

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

2017

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

2020

55% of all sales come from products that are lower impact in manufacture or can help customers reduce the environmental of home improvement to help to create greener, healthier homes. 

2022

Stopped selling peat-based bagged compost and disposable barbeques.

Future commitments 

2023

Achieve 99% responsibly sourced wood and paper products across the range. 

2025

Achieve 100% responsibly sourced wood and paper.

Ensure 70% of sales are from products that help to create greener, healthier homes – meeting the Kingfisher Sustainable Home Product criteria.  

Reduce our product carbon footprint (Scope 3) by 40% compared to 2017 baseline. 

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