Wal-Mart Continues Green Push in Vegas
Bentonville, Ark. Wal-Mart has installed a technology at a new supercenter in Las Vegas that is lowering energy consumption and reducing its carbon footprint. The system was designed and manufactured by Hill Phoenix, a manufacturer of commercial refrigeration systems based in Conyers, Ga.
The Second Nature technology has been installed in what Wal-Mart calls its second-generation, High-Efficiency store (HE.2) designed to use 25% less energy than a baseline Wal-Mart Supercenter. It significantly reduces the carbon footprint by lowering refrigerant charge by 75%.
The 195,000-sq.-ft. Las Vegas store, which opened March 17, is the one of five Wal-Mart Supercenter stores to feature greener, more sustainable refrigeration systems using new Second Nature technologies by Hill Phoenix.
According to Wal-Mart, other HE.2 stores that have recently opened or are scheduled to open are located in Romeoville, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Garland, Texas, and Bernalillo, N.M.
The Great Indoors
Given environmental concerns and efforts to get consumers in the United States into the fresh air—where public health advocates hope they will get a little exercise—it is hardly surprising that natural motifs have become even more iconic.
American consumers like their home decor to reflect popular virtues, so natural looks have been moving indoors. The trend has been particularly apparent in domestics, where patterns and colors have reflected landscapes, forestscapes or desertscapes, and has become more evident in other categories that have a strong decorative element.
Gibson Overseas, at the Housewares Show, is introducing Organic Luxury, a line that incorporates these so-called eco-friendly design themes in patterns such as Stilwell, a graphic branch and leaf look (pictured), and Whisper Leaf, more abstract, yet still reliant on a natural device.
It’S All Good in the Hoodie
When it comes to dressing kids, the juxtaposition between fashion and function couldn’t be more important. The apparel must fit the on-the-go lifestyle that’s filled with all sorts of acrobatics and appeal to the tastes of the youthful crowd.
The hoodie caters to both needs with perfection. A stable item for boys and girls, the new styles of hoodies go beyond the typical sweatshirt. Brands like Levi’s (pictured) and Dickies have rolled out new collections that add flair with embroidery, applique, thermal lining and details in pockets and collars. Designers found no limit in rolling out hundreds of styles that will appeal to the pickiest kid on the block.
Thanks to its year-round appeal, the hoodie can carry over from season to season, growing especially popular for the back-to-school season.
Boys’ styles feature the use of plaid in the details, like in the lining of the hood or as a base for cut-out logos. Girls prefer more delicate embroidery and silver-foiled prints on the fabric.