Electronics and Appliance Retailers Join Forces for Greener Future

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By Published On: April 23, 20240 Comments

Aussie electronics and home appliances retailers have formed a coalition to reduce the environmental impacts of the industry.

Australia’s leading consumer electronics (CE) and home appliances (HA) retailers and brands are working together to reduce their environmental impact across the industry supply chain. 

The Coalition for Sustainable Solutions (CoFoSS) seeks to reduce the impacts of CE and HA through its lifetime, from the undertaking of repair, resale, repurposing and recycling, in conjunction with the collection of end-of-life product and packaging materials with the transformation back to raw materials for reuse.

Bing Lee, Bosch, Electrolux, Fisher and Paykel, JB Hi-Fi, Miele, Panasonic, Winning Group, Retravision, Samsung, The Good Guys and NARTA comprise a group of founding member retailers from across Australia and New Zealand.

“The opportunity to do more to tackle the environmental impact of CE and HA products and packaging is bigger than any one business can achieve alone,” said Kurt Hegvold, Managing Director, Electrolux ANZ and Inaugural Chair of CoFoSS. “CoFoSS has the potential to make real and lasting changes when it comes to CE and HA products and packaging.”

Mr Hegvold confirmed that discussions with a range of government and industry stakeholders will be a key priority of the coalition. “We are committed to work collaboratively and constructively on behalf of our members. The early discussions with the government have been positive and support our goal to inform and influence policy decisions. We are also working closely with industry bodies, including the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) and the Consumer Electronics Suppliers Association (CESA) to ensure we are aligned in our efforts.”

An immediate priority of CoFoSS is addressing impact of expanded polystyrene (EPS) used in product packaging as well as e-waste from small appliances by developing industry-wide standards to ensure the responsible recycling of materials across the value chain. 

CoFoSS member representative John Winning, CEO of Winning Group, said, “There are some great examples of product recycling programs already available for consumers. CoFoSS intends to work on a bigger scale and bring the industry together to achieve convenient solutions for consumers, cost-efficiencies for brands and retailers and sustainable progress. We have a responsibility to use our businesses and ecosystems as forces for good so that we can improve sustainability across our industry.” 

About the Author: Rosalea Catterson

Rosalea is the Editor of Power Retail. With a keen interest in consumer behaviour and tech, she covers everything ecommerce and hosts the Power Retail Power Talks Podcast.

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