B&Q boss wants all products to be recycled or recyclable

Kingfisher chief executive Sir Ian Cheshire says he wants all of the company’s products to be made from recycled materials or fully recyclable.

The recently knighted Cheshire, who runs the company which owns B&Q and Screwfix in the UK as well as home improvement stores in Europe, says the company has cut its landfill usage by three-quarters and wants all of the company’s materials to become fully recyclable or recycled.

He added that Kingfisher plans to focus more on collaborative consumption and that it will enable customers to share tools from the retailer and clusters of friends.

Kingfisher, Cheshire says, now uses 100 per cent sustainable timber in 16,000 products, which costs an extra £20m per year, which Cheshire says is not passed on to consumers.

In the interview with the Guardian, peat or sustainability in growing media is not mentioned. B&Q did not respond to HW requests for Cheshire's view on the subject.


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