Following on from COP26, a lot of young minds have been talking about empty promises, the ‘blah, blah, blah’ that risks the sustainable future of our planet. With youth-led movements taking centre stage across the world, the least we can offer the new generation is an eco-friendlier Christmas.
Thankfully, as the festive countdown begins, one of the UK’s oldest retailers is leading by example.
Since 1792 WHSmith has been there for every journey, every innovation and every moment, and now the retailer we all grew up with is adapting to use more sustainable practices, moving towards a greener future, championing literacy and promoting a culture of inclusion, diversity and wellbeing.
WHSmith’s action plan – ‘our journey to a better business’ – brings an environmentally driven business model to the fore, one that has ambitious targets, is in tune with the wellbeing of the world and supports local communities. Most notably, the organisation’s carbon emissions from stores, offices and distribution centres have decreased by over 60 per cent since 2007.
In the UK, WHSmith is powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity and is working with key suppliers to ensure they too have plans in place to decarbonise.
The company has worked hard to reduce the packaging associated with its stationery and Christmas ranges, removing unnecessary packaging wherever possible. Where packaging is required, WHSmith is switching from hard-to-recycle plastics to alternatives which are better for the environment. WHSmith is also reducing the environmental impact of its distribution chain.