IKEA to banish incandescent bulbs
IKEA will start phasing out incandescent bulbs this August, with a plan to start 2011 with only CFL, LED, and halogen bulbs.
Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 12:21 PM
Back in March 2007, IKEA made big news by first charging people for plastic bags — then banishing plastic bags from stores altogether in 2008. That move’s since been copied by many retail giants — the latest being Wal-Mart, which started experimenting with a plastic bag ban in three California stores
earlier this year.
Now, IKEA’s making another bold eco-move: Eliminating incandescent bulbs. The bulbs won’t disappear abruptly; IKEA says a “phase out” will begin Aug. 1 this year. Total elimination will happen by Jan. 1, 2011, when IKEA shoppers will only find energy-efficient CFL, LED, and halogen bulbs.
IKEA isn’t the only company preparing to get rid of incandescent bulbs. After all, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires a phase out of inefficient incandescent light bulbs starting 2012. IKEA’s simply thinking ahead, staying ahead of the curve and getting green kudos for its foresight — just as the company did with the plastic bag ban.
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