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B&Q to stop selling wildlife-harming pesticide

B&Q owner, Kingfisher has announced it will become the first retailer to stop selling wildlife-harming pesticides ahead of a government ban next year.

The DIY retailer will remove the products from its 1,200 stores and from its online retail arm. The move comes following a government decision last December which saw products with metaldehyde banned in Britain from Spring 2020, due to the threat it poses to wildlife.

Kingfisher said it would add several new eco-friendly alternatives to its gardening offering named the ‘Safer by Nature’ range which will include copper tape, wool mats and pellets.

Tim Clapp, head of horticulture at Kingfisher, said: “We know customers care a great deal about their gardens.They want to do more to encourage nature and cultivate their green spaces in a way that is good for them and the environment. But that is not always easy to do.

“That is why we have worked for several years to remove metaldehyde from our supply chain, making it simpler for customers to make sustainable choices and providing real alternatives.

“We will continue to review the chemicals in our supply chain and use our scale to drive change for the good of society, customers and the planet – and inspire others to do the same.”

Dame Polly Courtice, director at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, said: “Businesses have a big role to play in supporting consumers to make more sustainable choices in their everyday lives and decisions.

“Kingfisher is to be congratulated for making more sustainable choices the norm for gardeners, including through the innovation that has allowed the early replacement of metaldehyde with more environmentally-friendly alternatives.”

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