07/12/2021

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John Lewis takes aim at ‘throwaway’ culture in retail sector

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John Lewis has promised £1m to tackle the retail industry’s “throwaway” society. 

The employee-owned firm is calling on teachers, charities and smaller firms to pitch tips to enable lower squander and air pollution throughout foodstuff, textiles and domestic solutions. 

It will present grants between £150,000 and £300,000 to the most innovative strategies to obstacle the industry’s “outdated make/use/toss away” product. John Lewis elevated the fund from revenue of 10p plastic luggage over a two-year period.

Marija Rompani of John Lewis mentioned: “We dwell in a entire world of finite supplies and we will need to commence preserving them before it’s way too late.

“This is why we’re particularly looking for jobs that are regenerative and can reduce waste or air pollution from the design stage and in the end shield mother nature.”

John Lewis is operating with Hubbub, a charity and social organization that focuses on sustainability.

The retailer stated the full removal of single use provider baggage would likely decrease the availability of revenues for comparable funds in the upcoming, “but we will always be looking for strategies to assistance innovation”.

In May well, John Lewis shops in Cheltenham, Kingston and Leeds started trialling the removal of single use plastic provider luggage.

In 2019 it introduced a identical £1m fund to lessen plastic waste and it picked five winners from close to 150 apps.

They integrated a job that used mussels to help stem the movement of microplastics from polluted estuaries and coastal h2o.

 Any findings from John Lewis’ “Circular Foreseeable future Fund” will be shared with the sector.