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Bathroom Retailers, Manufacturers Launch Water Efficiency Label

European Union DIY retailers, builders’ merchants and manufacturers have launched a voluntary labeling program to help consumers identify the water efficiency of bathroom taps, showers, toilets and baths. Companies that have agreed to label all of their bathroom appliances are: Argos, B&Q, Chandlers’ Building Supplies, Homebase, Travis Perkins, Saint Gobain, … Read more »

Waitrose Bans Pesticides Linked to Bee Decline

UK supermarket chain Waitrose today said it will stop using pesticides linked to declining bee populations by the end of 2014. By the end of next year, farmers supplying Waitrose fruit, vegetables and flowers must phase out three neonicotinoid-based pesticides: imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. Imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and clothianidin are among … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: ABB, Pennsylvania American, ChargePoint, B&Q

Estonia has become the first country to launch a nationwide fast-charging network for electric vehicles, using technology provided by ABB. The 165 web-connected direct current fast chargers are installed in urban areas with more than 5,000 inhabitants, and on major roads throughout the country, creating the highest concentration of DC chargers … Read more »

B&Q, Wickes Discontinue Pesticide Linked to Bee Decline

In a victory for Friends of the Earth’s “Bee Cause” campaign, two UK hardware retailers, B&Q and Wickes, have said they will no longer sell products containing pesticides linked to declining bee populations. The environmental group yesterday delivered a petition with more than 64,000 signatures to Downing Street, calling on … Read more »