John Lewis is trialling a new buy-back service where customers can trade in their unwanted clothes for a gift card. The company hopes to reduce the 300,000 tonnes of clothing that is sent to UK landfill each year. The new app-based service is currently being trialled by John Lewis with more than 100 customers.
It allows shoppers to sell any unwanted clothing bought from John Lewis back to the department store, regardless of how well worn it is, for an e-voucher to spend at John Lewis. According to John Lewis, the average household owns around GBP4,000 worth of clothes, but 30% of them aren’t worn, so people could make a pretty penny. So far the trial has seen John Lewis pay GBP4 for a pair of broken cashmere gloves bought in 2015 and GBP8 for a pencil skirt bought in 2014.
John Lewis came 10th in our latest high street shops survey, miles ahead of WH Smith, in last place. Find out what other shops customers rate highly, and which ones they would rather avoid, by visiting our page on the best and worst high street shops.
How the John Lewis scheme works
The app, developed by tech compnay Stuffstr, is linked to a consumer’s account and holds data on what they have bought in store or online at John Lewis over the last five years. The customer simply uses the app to select what clothes they want to sell back, and then the amount they could receive is revealed.
Once they have a minimum of GBP50 worth of clothes to sell, a courier will collect them within three hours. As soon as the items are collected, a John Lewis e-gift card is sent to the customer. If the scheme is successful, John Lewis plans to offer an option for customers to donate the money to charity, instead of receiving vouchers.
It could be a good way to clean out your wardrobes of anything unwanted. Just make sure you know what something should be worth before you sell it to John Lewis. For example, some designer items will hold their value if you’ve looked after them well, so, if you want to make a profit, you could be better off selling them on eBay or another online marketplace.
John Lewis scheme to cut waste
The department store hopes that this new scheme will cut down on the amount of waste clothing going to landfill.
Anything that is brought back to John Lewis through this scheme is either resold, mended or recycled into something new. Martyn White, sustainability manager at John Lewis, said: ‘We already take back used sofas, beds and large electrical items, such as washing machines, and either donate them to charity or reuse and recycle parts, and want to offer a service for fashion products. ‘We hope that by making it as easy as we possibly can for customers to pass on clothing that they’re no longer wearing we can ensure that the maximum life is extracted from items bought from us.’
Stuffstr chief executive John Atcheson said: ‘Every item has value, even old socks, and we want to make it as simple as possible for John Lewis customers to benefit from their unwanted clothes.’
08 August 2016
Garden jobs were never far from our thoughts in July, so it’s not surprising to see two Lidl pressure washers and two Florabest garden tools in the top ten most viewed products on which.co.uk in the last month.
Tough gardening tasks mean dirty clothes too and Bosch and Samsung washing machines have also made our top ten. But a good night’s sleep wins the day and it’s hard to resist a good mattress, especially when there are seeming bargains to be had, including the newly launched Ikea Morgedal costing just 165. Over 15,000 of your checked this mattress review in July. Check the gallery below to see what else made it into the top 10 product reviews, scroll down to find out more about each product, and follow the links to see whether these top 10 products are worth buying, or whether you should proceed with caution.
Top 10 popular products in July 2016
Most popular home and garden product. Ikea Morgedal mattress – 165
Florabest 18V Li-Ion Cordless Hedge Trimmer – 49.99
Silentnight Classic 1200 Pocket Deluxe mattress – 400
Sealy Teramo 1400 mattress – 750
Lidl Parkside PHD 100 E2 pressure washer – 40
Oral B Genius 9000 Black electric toothbrush – 140
Bosch WAN28100GB washing machine – 369
Lidl Parkside PHD 150 D3 pressure washer – 80
Florabest 4-in-1 Petrol Multi-Tool – 129
Samsung WW80J6410CW washing machine – 469.99
1. Ikea Morgedal mattress
Just tested at the end of June 2016, the cheap and cheerful Morgedal mattress is a tempting 165, compared with other mattresses which can cost over 1,000. It had a massive 15,590 of you checking its review. But can Ikea promise you a good night s sleep for years to come, or would it pay to pay more? Read our full Ikea Morgedal mattress review1 to see the results when we tested it using people with different body types.
2. Florabest 18V Li-Ion cordless hedge trimmer
Newly available, this cordless hedge trimmer comes at a bargain price of 49.99. But cheap hedge trimmers haven t impressed in the past, and our high-scorers typically cost over 150. Read our Florabest 18V Li-Ion Cordless Hedge Trimmer review2 to find out if it cuts the mustard when cutting through all types of branches.
3. Silentnight Classic 1200 Pocket Deluxe mattress
Near the top of the chart for the fourth month in a row, it s not as cheap as the Ikea Morgedal, but it s still reasonably priced at 400. We’ve also found that this pocket-sprung mattress is available under slightly different names. These include: ‘Silentnight Walton 1200 Luxury Double’, ‘Silentnight Sofia Mirapocket 1200’ and ‘Mirapocket 1200 Pocket Spring Penny Deluxe’. Check out our full Silentnight Classic 1200 Pocket Deluxe review3 to see what support and durability it offered in our rigorous tests.
4. Sealy Teramo 1400 mattress
It s in the top four most-viewed products for the fourth month running but, at 750, it s much pricier than the Silentnight Classic and the Ikea Morgedal mattresses. Some Sealy mattresses have been rated Best Buys in the past so find out if the Teramo also known as the Nostromo 1400 matches up by going to our full Sealy Teramo 1400 mattress review4.
5. Lidl Parkside PHD 100 E2 pressure washer
The Lidl Parkside PHD 100 E2 is only on sale for a few days at Lidl each year but that doesn t stop you flocking to the review. So is it worth watching the Lidl website to get your hands on this very cheap ( 40) pressure washer? Our pressure washer expert tried this power cleaner on her paving. Read the Lidl Parkside PHD 100 E2 first look review5 to see her first impressions.
6. Oral B Genius 9000 Black electric toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes don t usually make the most-viewed top ten, but this premium-priced electric toothbrush ( 140) was visited 3,773 times in July. It has fancy features such as four oscillating-rotating brush heads and even connects to the Oral-B app on your smartphone, but see our full Oral B Genius 9000 Black review6 to find out if it s worth the investment.
7. Bosch WAN28100GB washing machine
This recently-tested Bosch washing machine is an affordable 369, and Bosch machines do well on reliability. But how did it do when we challenged it to three cycles of the toughest stains, including tricky-to-shift grass, blood, chocolate, wine and coffee? Read our full Bosch WAN28100GB washing machine review7 to find out.
8. Lidl Parkside PHD 150 D3 pressure washer
The second pressure washer in our top ten most-viewed, this Lidl pressure washer is twice the price of the PHD 100 E2 at 80, but it s surprisingly high-spec and a very reasonable price compared to other pressure washers costing up to 300. Find out what our pressure-washer expert found when she gave the Lidl Parkside PHD 150 D38 a test-run on her paving and decking.
9. Florabest 4-in-1 Petrol Multi-Tool
This Multi-Tool is a petrol engine with strimmer, long-reach hedge trimmer and pole pruner attachments. Costing 129, it’s one of the cheapest on the market. If you re looking for all the attachments to do your summer and autumn garden jobs, go to our full Florabest 4-in-1 Petrol Multi-Tool review9.
10. Samsung WW80J6410CW washing machine
It s not the cheapest washing machine on the market at 469.99, but it comes with lots of useful features such as a time-delay function and child lock. But does it stand out at those key washing machine basics such as cleaning and spinning?
- ^ full Ikea Morgedal mattress review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Florabest 18V Li-Ion Cordless Hedge Trimmer review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Silentnight Classic 1200 Pocket Deluxe review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ full Sealy Teramo 1400 mattress review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Lidl Parkside PHD 100 E2 first look review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ full Oral B Genius 9000 Black review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ full Bosch WAN28100GB washing machine review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Lidl Parkside PHD 150 D3 (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ full Florabest 4-in-1 Petrol Multi-Tool review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Samsung WW80J6410CW washing machine (www.which.co.uk)
- Miami Heat dancer Teressa Cee was in the Bahamas recently for work when she went swimming with dolphins leaving her mobile with her friend
- Unfortunately said friend dropped her iPhone into the sea, but what happened next was totally unexpected
- The helpful mammal made a squeal as it returned the cellphone to her in its mouth
- Teressa was shocked and surprised to get the object back
An exceptionally helpful dolphin managed to come to the rescue of Miami Heat cheerleader who had dropped her mobile phone into a the sea in the Bahamas. It took just a matter of seconds for the mammal to dive down and retrieve the black plastic object and hand it back to Teressa Cee who was standing by the water’s edge. The cheerleader was stunned as she went swimming with dolphins near Blue Lagoon Island in the Bahamas before the helpful cetacean named Cacique lent her a flipper to fetch her phone.
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Amazing feat: The clever dolphin emerged with the phone in its mouth and delivered it directly into the hands of a man sitting at the side
Nice surprise: The man hands the phone back to Miami Heat cheerleader Teressa Cee, who smiles with glee after the amazing experiece
Amazing experience: Miami Heat dancer Teressa Cee went swimming with dolphins in the Atlantic off the coast of the Bahamas
It took those standing on the side by surprise as almost out of nowhere the dolphin rose out of the aqua blue waters with the phone it’s mouth.
‘Oh my God!’ the Teressa screamed. ‘ That’s so cute! It’s never gonna work again but thanks!”
The dolphin made an an encouraging squeak as if to say ‘Here you go!’ before flipping around and swimming away with a splash.
Accident: She left her phone with someone on the boat who dropped it in the sea, but they sent dolphin Cacique to search for it on the bottom
Famous friend: Teressa Cee, who is a dancer with Miami Heat, a model and and actor, posted the video on her page and it has now been viewed more than 3.1 million times
While in the Bahamas, I had the opportunity to go swimming with dolphins
We were filming on this floating platform in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
So, against a my better judgment I asked someone to hold my phone for me and he accidentally dropped my phone into water and it sank to the bottom.
Cacique, the dolphin, actually retrieved my phone and brought it back up to me. Cutest thing ever! Cacique is a trained animal cared for by Dolphin Encounters2, who was rewarded for his good deed with a selfie with Cee and her fellow dancers. The video 3has been viewed more than 3.1 million times.
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