n ERA, has purchased British smart security pioneer Y-cam, taking on its cloud system and range of security cameras, alarms and sensors. ERA says the acquisition will make it “one of the most advanced and capable providers of smart security solutions for the home”. The addition of Y-cam’s proprietary cloud platform, alongside its range of award-winning cameras, alarms and sensors, will provide ERA with greater expertise in the sector and substantial potential for further growth. n, has pledged today to recycle every plastic pallet and plastic box it supplies to its customers. This announcement comes in the wake of the huge amount of negative media coverage on single- use plastics and the devastating impact it is having on our environment and marine life. Last October 250 major brands vowed to eliminate all single-use plastics from their operations and invest in new technology so all packaging could be recycled by 2025 – a move described by the United Nations as the most ambitious effort yet to fight plastic pollution. n This year, the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) celebrates 120 years supporting independent retailers. Since 1899 when BIRA’s predecessors – the Ironmongers Federation, the British Hardware Federation and the Drapers Chamber of Trade (DCT) were formed, and following a number of business acquisitions and partnerships, including the British Shops and Stores Association in 2009, BIRA has championed independent business owners. n It is revealed that 40% of parents aren’t confident planting plants with their children, despite wanting kids to ditch technology and spend more time outside. A survey by Cumbria garden centre, Hayes Garden World revealed that 86% of parents with children under the age of 18 would like their child to spend more time interacting with nature, with more than a quarter saying they are more interested in technology than nature.

4 DIY WEEK 22 FEBRUARY 2019 Ikea opens most sustainable store

Ikea UK recently celebrated the opening

of its leading

sustainable store in Greenwich. The store forms part of Ikea’s ongoing city centre approach in London as it responds to the growth of urban living, the shift to a

circular economy and

changes to the way people live and shop.

Located on the Millennium Way Retail Park, the 32,000 square metre store is the retailer’s first full- sized Ikea to open in London in 14 years and has been designed as a place for Londoners to meet, share, learn and shop. The doors to Ikea Greenwich

officially opened to the public at 10am yesterday following a ribbon cutting ceremony by Helen Aylett, Ikea Greenwich store manager, Hege Sæbjørnsen, country sustainability manager, Ikea UK & Ireland and Claire Pritchard,

activities. The store has been built with the local community in mind and provides a number of flexible spaces and facilities which people can use for free, such as a roof pavilion and community garden.” Ikea Greenwich is the 22nd full- sized Ikea store to open in the UK. In addition to the rooftop garden and pavilion, the new store features a Learning Lab – a dedicated space for customers, partners and the local community to explore prolonging the life of products,

upcycling, reducing

chief executive at the store’s local partner, Greenwich Cooperative Development Agency (GCDA). IKEA Greenwich attracted fans

from across London and the local community, who began queueing as early as 6am this morning, enjoying

delicious, sustainable

smoothies and music from a junk band playing instruments made from recycled materials.

Helen Aylett, store manager at Ikea Greenwich, said: “We’re thrilled to open the doors to our new store in Greenwich. IKEA Greenwich aims to take sustainability to the next level, not just in its design and architecture, but by inspiring and enabling Londoners to live a more sustainable life at home through our products, workshops and

Kingfisher to significantly cut greenhouse gases from the business

Kingfisher plc, the international home improvement company, has announced ambitious new targets to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its business, products and supply chains. The targets have been

approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi),

confirming that they align with the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement to keep global temperature rises below 2°C. The SBTi defines best practice


target setting, as well as independently

science-based assesses

approves companies’ targets. Kingfisher has committed to:


Reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 22% by 2025 from a 2016 base year Reduce scope three GHG emissions from purchased goods and services and use of sold products 40% per £million turnover by 2025 from a 2017 base year.

The new targets form part of Johnson Tiles invests £650k in new machinery

British tile manufacturer, Johnson Tiles, has invested £650k in two new inkjet machines for its factory in Stoke-on-Trent in order to enhance its existing processes for manufacturing ceramic wall tiles.

The new machines guarantee

faster production, which Johnson Tiles says will mean it is able to produce a small-format product portfolio “more efficiently than anyone else globally”.

The company has more investment planned for 2020, and is currently exploring all avenues

in terms of different tile formats and structures – focusing first on small format for the housebuilder sector, with a view to extend its offering. Johnsons

Tiles commercial

director Nigel Stannard said: “As a British manufacturer that has stood the test of time for over 100 years, we continue to innovate for the future with our latest investment. “Being

based in Stoke-

on-Trent, the world’s ceramic heartland, we are located exactly at the centre of the UK. Therefore, in addition to our high- quality product, when it comes to our warehousing and logistics capabilities, our facilities are second to none.

“While some manufacturers have struggled with distribution,

RSPB asks for support with swift initiative The

RSPB birds. is calling Swift on

homeowners and businesses in UK towns and cities to take simple steps to help save swift


have plummeted by half in just twenty years. The RSPB say now is the time to act – before the birds return from Africa in spring to raise their families.

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) National Nestbox week, 14-21 February, is the perfect time to get bird boxes up. In just a few months’ time, swifts will be making their epic 6,000 mile journey here from Africa to bring up their chicks. But for many, the chance to lay their eggs will be thwarted: our

waste and growing their own food. The store also incorporates a number of renewable construction materials and green technologies including solar panels, rainwater harvesting, geothermal heating and 100% LED lighting. Ikea Greenwich is aiming to achieve 100% renewable energy and is aiming for the BREEAM* ‘Outstanding’ accreditation.

Kingfisher’s Sustainable Growth Plan, launched in 2018, which aims to help consumers have healthier, more sustainable homes. As part of its long-term sustainability strategy, Kingfisher is embedding sustainability into its products, services, operations and supply chain – aiming to become a Net Positive business by 2050. The new targets

build on

the progress already made by Kingfisher to cut the environmental footprint of its business and its products.

we are very much ‘open for business’ – operating on a global scale with readily available stock held at our factory. This ensures no change to our customers in the coming months.

In addition to its Stoke-on-Trent

factory base, Johnson Tiles has a showroom located in in London’s Mayfair, close to Oxford Street. The showroom was set up in 2006 with a view to providing an inspirational space for the architecture

and design

community to explore products from Johnson Tiles, and a range of selected partners, alongside cutting-edge materials from the UK’s most promising emerging designers and makers.

buildings are changing and their former homes under the eaves are gone, as are the spaces we used to leave for them. These birds are now vanishing from our summer skies: half have gone in just twenty years. The

RSPB is appealing

to retailers to get this information out to the public to help provide

as many new homes for them as possible. Just 1,000 additional new nestboxes could make a difference.

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