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Earlier this year B&Q, a consistently top ranking ethical brand in The Good Shopping Guide, committed to removing bee harming pesticides from its plant range. In fact, B&Q was the first major home improvement brand to free itself from neonicotinoids.

Follow a scientific study by Sussex University, a number of retailers have faced serious criticism from Friends of the Earth over their use of neonicontinoid pesticides. That list of brands included Homebase.

However, it was announced that Homebase has also now stepped up. The brand has pledged to stop selling neonincontinoid treated plants by the end of 2018. is reporting that the ban will be followed by a comprehensive audit process, hailed as another success in the fight to save the bees.

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