Sustainability

Sustainability means different things to everyone. For individuals, it can be anything from recycling at home right through to a whole lifestyle choice. For us, sustainability and making a positive impact are part of our DNA. Since producing our first timber policy in 1991 we’ve been working to become a more responsible retailer.

We want to make it easy for everyone to have a sustainable, good home. Few businesses can match our focus on sustainability. We have a history of developing and leading in the responsible sourcing of key materials. We have big ambitions to reduce the environmental impact of our own operations and to help our customers and colleagues create sustainable homes.

Today, we’re working towards four big goals that are shared by everyone in Kingfisher:

  1. Save money by saving energy and water
  2. Live smarter by getting more from less, re-using or using longer
  3. Create a healthier home and connect with nature
  4. Be part of a community that helps millions more people improve their home.

In other words, we’re aiming to: 

How are we going about it? For a start, we are switching all our lighting to LED, we’re offering insulation to keep homes warm, energy efficient appliances and water efficient taps that help save money, split kitchen bins to assist with recycling, plants that are perfect for pollinators and heaps of advice on how to bring nature closer to home.

We’re not just selling differently: we’re acting differently too. We introduced VOC labelling on paint and took the peat and expanded polystyrene packaging out of our pack bedding plants. We stopped selling patio heaters years ago. Again, the list goes on.

Starting at home
It’s important to us that we lead by example. That’s why we’re committed to reducing our carbon emissions in line with climate science to keep global warming to no more than 2 degrees. This means ramping up our efforts to decarbonise our business, while helping customers and suppliers to cut emissions too. And we have a goal of zero waste to landfill by 2020 – currently at B&Q 99% of waste is diverted from landfill.