Keeping products in use for longer forms a key part of the company’s sustainability strategy, and in January, Screwfix began selling refurbished tools directly to customers. The initial trial has been hugely successful, the retailer reports, and is now aiming to refurbish and sell 100,000 items this year.

John Mewett, CEO of Screwfix, commented: “We know that our customers are already making sustainable choices and the success of this trial demonstrates the demand and importance in us minimising our environmental impact, while customers can enjoy the cost savings of buying refurbished tools.

“The decision to sell refurbished products directly through the Screwfix website not only helps reduce waste, but also supports us in achieving our goal of refurbishing and reselling returned power tools. This is another step on our journey to reducing our environmental impact.”

Screwfix hit its ‘zero waste to landfill’ target in 2021, with 83% of the waste it generates recycled and turned into new materials and 17% incinerated for energy. Screwfix has also committed to reducing its carbon emissions by adopting low carbon energy sources, purchasing exclusively green electricity for its entire store network, and equipping 238 stores and counting with air source heat pumps.

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