John Lewis & Partners signs up to the UK Plastics Pact

Tuesday 26 March 2019

John Lewis & Partners has joined the UK Plastics Pact a collaborative initiative, established by not for profit organisation WRAP, to create a circular economy for plastics.  

The Pact, which is the first of a global network of such pacts, brings together businesses from across the entire plastics supply chain with the UK Government and NGOs behind a common vision and ambitious set of targets.

By 2025, The UK Plastics Pact aims to transform the UK plastic packaging sector by meeting four world-leading targets, which all members are committed to:

  • By 2025, 100% of plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable
  • By 2025, 70% of plastic packaging will be effectively recycled or composted
  • By 2025, we will take actions to eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use packaging items through redesign, innovation or alternative (reuse) delivery models
  • By 2025, there will be average 30% recycled content across all plastic packaging

Stephen Cawley, John Lewis Partner and Head of Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing said; “We need to move towards a circular system where we keep plastic in the economy and out of the natural environment.  

“We recognise that no business is able to do this alone, but through this Pact businesses and government and NGOs can tackle this important issue.

“Signing up to this Pact underlines our commitment to selling products that are built to last; can easily be re-used or recycled when they're no longer needed; and to  minimise waste and environmental impacts in their manufacture and use.”

Marcus Gover, CEO, WRAP, said: “We are delighted to have John Lewis & Partners sign up to The UK Plastics Pact. Through our first-of-a-kind Pact we will work together with governments, citizens and business to transform the way we make, use and dispose of plastic so that we retain its value, but prevent it from polluting the environment.”

What John Lewis & Partners already does:

  • All our Click & Collect plastic bags are made from recycled material
  • Our plastic carrier bags are made from at least 70% recycled plastic
  • We don't use PVC in any own brand packaging
  • Reusable cups can be used in all John Lewis & Partners Place to Eat and cafes
  • We have replaced plastic straws with compostable straws and plastic cutlery with sustainable alternatives


John Lewis & Partners

John Lewis & Partners operates 51 John Lewis & Partners shops across the UK (37 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as The retailer stocks around 350,000 separate lines in its department stores and on across fashion, home and technology. This year John Lewis won, 'Best Multichannel Retailer 2018', 'Best Clothing Retailer 2018', and 'Best Furniture Retailer 2018' at the GlobalData Customer Satisfaction Awards 2018. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products - home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover - delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

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