We’re determined to buy the products we need – to sell to customers and for our own use – in a responsible way.
We stock timber and wood-based products sourced from certified or known and legal sources, or made from recycled material. We work with suppliers of products that meet our minimum standards to help them move towards certified sourcing.
Use of natural
We recognise that the uncontrolled sourcing of animal products, plant species, minerals and growing media (earths and composts) can have serious effects on local eco-systems. When possible we source from cultivated or farmed rather than wild stocks.
Paper and Timber sourcing
For the last two years, we've printed all our publications, including the Argos catalogue, on recycled paper or paper from forests certified as well-managed by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or the PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification). All our publications can be recycled after use. The Argos catalogue is PEFC certified, giving us full chain of custody throughout our supply chain.
Both Argos and Homebase are members of the WWF-GFTN (World
Wildlife Fund -Global Forest Trade Network).
This year, 91% of our timber based products were FSC certified or from other certified or known and legal sources. All the new range of garden furniture sold by Argos and Homebase is FSC certified or sourced from suppliers who are members of WWF-GFTN and working towards FSC certification.
Use of natural resources
This year the average peat free content of our growing media increased to 58.8%, although customers still prefer cheaper multi purpose compost. We aim to achieve 60% next year. We've supported and funded the UK Industries Growing Media Initiative (GMI) and are actively involved in the peat debate through our membership of this organisation.
We also support the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) call for the government to introduce statutory targets to end peat use in both retail and professional horticulture.
All Argos own-brand cosmetics meet the Humane Cosmetics Standard, an internationally recognised scheme run by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection.
Our priority is to reduce the use of chemicals in our own brand products that may present environmental or other risks if released into the environment. We focus primarily on chemicals that may be present in the final product (rather than intermediates used in manufacture) because these can be more directly tested and controlled. We've canvassed support from our suppliers in removing any chemicals in the Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) list.