Home Improvement Sector Commitment

The Home Improvement Sector Commitment brought together key sector retailers, brands and manufacturers. 

Signatories to the Commitment – Argos, B&Q, Crown Paints, Focus DIY, Henkel, Homebase, ICI Paints Akzo Nobel and Wickes – represent almost half of the total UK home improvement retail sales.  Through the Commitment the signatories worked together to:  

  • Reduce packaging by 15% by the end of 2012*
  • „Reduce waste to landfill from their operations by 50% by the end of 2012*.  
  • „Help consumers to recycle more.  

*measured against a 2007 baseline.

August 2013: DIY sector exceeds landfill and packaging targets

The Commitment has smashed its original targets of reducing both waste to landfill and packaging. Find out more >>>

2011: Interim Progress Report

The UK’s DIY sector is making real progress towards meeting targets to reduce packaging and the amount of waste sent to landfill. View the Home Improvement Sector Commitment Interim Report 2011 to discover how signatories are making a difference.

Award Winning Packaging Project

WRAP supported projects to investigate the feasibility of replacing single use packaging with reusable solutions were recently showcased at the 2011 Packaging Awards.

The Longspacs product, developed by B&Q and CEVA logistics to transport kitchen components such as plinths, pelmets and cornices, won the Supply Chain Solution of the Year category. The judges praised the solution that has prevented some 435 tonnes of cardboard waste and saved around £80,000 per year.

Home retail Group's reusable sofa bag project also highly commended for what one judge hailed as a “new approach to furniture protection”.

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