John Lewis plans ‘buy back or trade-in’ programs in all product categories by 2025 | john lewis
John Lewis has pledged to introduce “buy back or trade-in” programs across all product categories by 2025 and to develop more rental and resale options as it steps up its efforts to become a more sustainable business.
The group, which runs Waitrose supermarkets as well as a department store chain, will also invest £2million over the next five years to restore and protect nature in Norfolk, a key source of meat, grain and plant products, and in the Indian Noyyal and Bhavani River Basins, where it sources cotton, as part of a partnership with the charity WWF.
The company will encourage the regeneration of species such as water vole, gray partridge and lapwing at its own farm, Leckford in Hampshire, where it will also aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural processes to zero net by 2024.
The effort is part of a goal to be net zero of all UK farms in its supply base by 2035.
These initiatives are part of a series of new commitments for the group, which says it wants to be “bolder in the protection and restoration of nature”.
Marija Rompani, Director of Ethics and Sustainability at John Lewis, said: “Delaying action is simply not an option.
“We all know that we cannot exist without nature; it is essential to our survival and will play a vital role in solving the problem of climate change. We cannot solve one without the other, the crises of nature loss and climate change are inextricably linked.
“Whether it’s eliminating the use of fossil fuels in our transportation operations, investing millions in conservation projects in the areas where we source produce, or helping our farmers make the transition to net zero, we are taking action where we can have the greatest impact.”
David Edwards, director of food strategy at WWF, said the UK was in the bottom 10% of countries in the world for abundance of nature and one of the main reasons for this was the way we produce food.
“One of our ambitions with the John Lewis Partnership is to develop regenerative and nature-friendly farming approaches in one of the most intensive farming landscapes in the UK and to use our learnings to inspire change in the food sector,” he said.
John Lewis has already experimented with renting furniture in partnership with the third-party Fat Llama as well as renting or buying back clothes and giving discounts to those who return beauty packaging.
The latest commitments are bolder, including zero deforestation in the supply of essential raw materials.
He also wants all wood, cotton, soy, palm oil, cocoa and cashmere – key raw materials – to come from more sustainable sources by 2025, and for polyester, leather and cellulose artificial by 2028.