Lush’s Green Hub in Dorset, where the cosmetics retailer runs several repairing and recycling initiatives in the name of sustainability, has a new waste management partner.
Axil Integrated Services has been brought in as part of a revamp of Lush’s Green Hub in Poole, where it will collect waste and work in partnership with the retailer “to ensure effective and sustainable waste management, and to achieve zero waste to landfill”.
As part of the new tie-up, Axil will take over management of Lush’s commodities waste, as part of what the retailer has called “a proactive multi-stream waste review to ensure that its production process remains planet-friendly”.
As well as Lush’s Green Hub, the retailer runs several circular and environmentally-focused initiatives under its mantra to “Leave the world Lusher than we found it”. These include the closed loop recycling on its PP waste, donating surplus products to prevent waste, and producing products sold in eco-friendly packaging or no packaging at all.
Lush has recruited Axil to convert card and tissue into usable, recycled cardboard, and break down plastics into new polymers that can be used again. Axil has also promised absolute transparency on the final destination of all waste, meaning Lush can account for every part of the disposal process and ensure sustainable outcomes.
Lush said that general waste will also be reduced across its operations through additional recycling measures and a focus on education for manufacturing staff.
Ashley O’Sullivan, Lush’s Green Hub operations manager, said: “Lush takes pride in its production processes, and we always go above and beyond to make sure that we are doing the best we can for our customers and for the environment.
“Axil is an expert in sustainable waste management, and I am so glad that their team has been able to share their expertise as part of Lush’s ambitious environmental mission.”
Edward Pigg, managing director at Axil, added that his company aims to help Lush’s production processes maintain their “gold standard for sustainable and responsible recycling and waste management”.
Green Retail World readers will be able to hear more about Lush’s waste management and environmental commitments throughout the next week, as editor Ben Sillitoe visits the Green Hub in Poole.
[Image credit: Genoveva Arteaga for Lush]