IKEA to discontinue incandescent light bulb sales in favor of energy efficient options

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Inhabitat reports:

"Although the Swedish company is notorious for making tons of stuff that doesn’t last, its sustainability efforts are the real deal. It uses sustainably forested wood, and was a leader in offering in-store safe disposal of mercury-containing CFL bulbs. Its current effort puts it two years ahead of the federal government, which will begin phasing out incandescent bulbs in 2012. The energy sucking bulbs are already banned in Europe."

"By only putting good options on the shelf, retailers can make it easy for customers to do the right thing--in this case, reduce their energy use and impact on the environment," said Jason Clay, Senior Vice President of Markets at World Wildlife Fund (WWF). "As the first major retailer to completely phase out incandescent bulbs, we hope IKEA's leadership will be contagious."

Information via IKEA press release and Inhabitat.

The Swedish home furnishings retailer IKEA — whom we all know and love for their meatballs and self-assembled furniture — is going a deeper shade of green by discontinuing sales of traditional incandescent light bulbs, beginning on January 1st of 2011.

In addition to their current selection of energy-saving CFLs, IKEA will be issuing a halogen bulb that will fit a standard light socket, as well as continue the sales of their solar-powered lighting options.

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