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EPA honors Lowe’s with sustainable retailer award

BY CSA STAFF

Moorseville, N.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Lowe’s winner of the Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award in Retail for the second consecutive year. The 2011 award recognizes Lowe’s long-standing leadership as a retailer of energy-efficient products and will be presented to the company at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 12.

According to Lowe’s, it is being honored for outstanding achievements year after year in customer outreach, employee training and product selection. Lowe’s has won nine consecutive Energy Star awards (2003 to 2011), including four Retail Partner of the Year awards and the 2010 Sustained Excellence Award for its industry-leading commitment to energy efficiency.

“Winning the EPA’s highest honor for the second consecutive year demonstrates the value Lowe’s employees place on helping our customers save energy and money,” said Robert Niblock, Lowe’s chairman and CEO. “We’ve raised the bar every year since becoming an Energy Star partner in 2001. The Sustained Excellence Award is a reflection of that ongoing commitment.”

Lowe’s achievements in delivering energy-efficiency savings to customers in 2010 included:

  • Increasing the quantity and variety of Energy Star products available in stores and online. Lowe’s carries Energy Star items in all eligible categories it sells, and Lowe’s has more Energy Star appliances in stock than any other national home improvement retailer.
  • Promoting Energy Star as a way to save energy and money to an estimated 15 million customers per week. Lowe’s efforts included increased employee training, enhanced store signage and a new Lowes.com/EfficientHome site with more Energy Star product catalogs.
  • Increasing national promotions for Energy Star products and support for tax-free events. Lowe’s collaborated with vendors on promotions and partnered with more than 45 utility companies and other sponsors to plan energy-efficiency rebate events.
  • Expanding the Lowe’s Energy Center nationwide to provide a one-stop destination for energy-saving products. The in-store Energy Center puts solar technology alongside Energy Star qualified products such as CFLs.
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Macy’s announces newest designer for capsule collection

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NEW YORK— Macy’s announced Matthew Williamson as the second acclaimed fashion designer to take part in the designer capsule collection series for the retailer’s contemporary fashion Impulse department. Sold in approximately 225 Macy’s stores nationwide and on macys.com beginning April 13, Williamson’s collection will include dresses, tops, scarves and unique leather and suede pieces.

Price points for the collection will range from $50 to $120,with specialty pieces selling up to $300.

“We are very excited to announce Matthew Williamson as the next featured collection in Macy’s designer capsule collection program,” said Jeff Gennette, Macy’s chief merchandising officer. “Matthew’s irresistible fashion sense and extensive understanding of form and proportion are in sync with what our customer is looking for when shopping for fresh style this spring.”

“Matthew’s creations are seductive and sophisticated, yet unconventional,” said Nicole Fischelis, Macy’s group vice president and fashion director. “He’s taken what’s best from his runway collection and infused it into his creation for Macy’s. His use of fabric manipulation and amazing color and print will take you on an adventure to an exotic location full of life, reminiscent of the 70s disco era.”

Williamson began his career working freelance for Marni. From there, he worked for British design houses such as Monsoon and Accessorize. In 1997, Matthew Williamson, the namesake luxury brand was born, debuting the first collection that September during London Fashion Week. In 2002 Williamson expanded into the United States, showing his fall collection during New York Fashion Week. Williamson has since opened flagship stores in London and New York.

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Seventh Generation revolutionizes laundry category

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NEW YORK — Seventh Generation has developed an ultra-concentrated liquid laundry detergent that is available in a 100% compostable bottle.

The company said the entire packaging system (fiber bottle, pouch, spout, cap) for its Natural 4x laundry detergent uses 66% less plastic than a typical 100-oz. 2x laundry bottle. Seventh Generation’s Natural 4x laundry detergent, a nontoxic, biodegradable formula, is available in a 50-oz. (66 loads) size and two scents: Free and Clear, and Geranium Blossoms and Vanilla.

In related news, Seventh Generation also introduced a natural hand wash, available in fresh citrus and just clean varieties, which are purely plant-derived cleansers, the company said. The packaging for the product is made of 80% post-consumer recycled plastic.

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