Box Watch - May/June 2007

May 26, 2007
Written by Greenhouse Canada
The Home Depot Introduces Eco Options
ATLANTA (PRNewswire) –The Home Depot recently launched its Eco Options program, which is a classification system that allows customers to easily identify products that have less of an impact on the environment. The company has identified more than 2,500 Eco Options products, including all-natural insect repellents, cellulose insulation, front-load washing machines, organic plant food and vegetables in biodegradable pots. Also included are compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, programmable thermostats and certified wood.

As the company works with vendors and independent experts, the Eco Options line will be continuously expanded to include innovative products that reduce the impact on the environment.

As part of the Eco Options launch, The Home Depot gave away one million CFL bulbs at its stores on Earth Day, April 22, and will launch an interactive website dedicated to the program. Replacing one million incandescent bulbs with CFLs will result in savings of $12 million in annual energy costs and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by at least 147 million pounds.

Products with the Eco Options label are either eco friendly by definition, such as solar lights that use natural power, or have met certain environmental performance criteria verified by Scientific Certification Systems, an independent standards development and certification company. Eco Options products fall into one of five categories: clean air, water conservation, energy efficiency, healthy home and sustainable forestry.

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