Woolworths makes no changes to light bulbs policy; campaigners not impressed

Posted by jamie — 19 July 2007 at 1:05pm - Comments

A Greenpeace volunteer offers free CFL light bulbs in a Southampton branch of WoolworthsI was just about to write a piece slating Woolworths (as, after all the fuss we caused on Saturday, we still hadn't heard from them) when I got a call from Laura, one of our campaigners, to say she had a letter from them explaining what they're going to do about energy-guzzling light bulbs. I'm looking at it now and I'm sorry, but I'm still going to slate them.

It's from CEO Trevor Bish-Jones who begins by not asking for us not to stage in-store protests in future but to communicate directly with himself. So he'll be pleased about all the emails he's been getting from you (if you haven't emailed him, do it now, or you can call your local branch of Woolies and speak to the manager).

He goes on to use some well-worn arguments which I thought it would be useful to air here. Take it away, Trevor.

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Greenpeace 'Light Brigade' in action across Britain as Woolworths are told: stop selling power crazy bulbs

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14 July, 2007

Environmental group demand end to sale of incandescent lightbulbs; new league table reveals retailer is UK's worst at helping customers tackle climate change

The Greenpeace "Light Brigade" is carrying out a national day of action today against the high street chain Woolworths. The environmental group is protesting at the retailer's continued failure to promote efficient alternatives to power hungry, incandescent lightbulbs.

Woolworths won't stop selling power crazy light bulbs, so we've cleared the shelves for them

Posted by jamie — 14 July 2007 at 10:20am - Comments

A Greenpeace volunteer locked on to baskets of inefficient light bulbs

It's going to be a busy day at branches of Woolworths across the UK today as the Greenpeace Light Brigade pay them a visit to ask why they're still selling old-fashioned, power crazy light bulbs. Woolworths came bottom of our new league table, ranking light bulb retailers according to their commitments to phase out inefficient bulbs, so our volunteers have decided to take matters into their own hands.

Let's hear it for consumer pressure

Posted by jossc — 27 June 2007 at 12:39pm - Comments

Our campaign against toxic e-waste in computers and electronic equipment is starting to show results, with many of the biggest names in the business tripping over themselves in the rush not to be left on the bottom rung of our Green Electronics Guide.

Make the switch: our challenge to retailers

Posted by bex — 3 May 2007 at 10:42am - Comments

Compact Fluorescent lamp (CFL)

These two bulbs might look pretty similar but, beneath the surface, there are some important differences.

The bulb on the left uses five times less energy than the one on the right. It lasts up to 12 times longer. It can save UK consumers around £1.2 billion in electricity bills per year. It’s available for less than a pound from several major retailers.

Incandescent bulb

Ask your supermarket to make the switch

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Light bulbs

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Compact Fluorescent lamp (CFL)

80 per cent of bulbs in UK homes are inefficient, wasteful "incandescent" bulbs. But, for around 30 years, an altogether better option has been available to us - the energy saving bulb, or thr CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp).

Sustainable seafood breakthough! Sainsbury's move to line-caught fresh cod and haddock

Posted by jossc — 13 April 2007 at 12:27pm - Comments

all sainsbury's fresh cod will be line-caught from May 2007

In a big boost to our 'sustainable seafood' campaign Sainsbury's, the largest fishmonger in the UK, has announced that from the end of April it will sell only line-caught fresh cod and haddock to its 16 million customers.

How many retailers does it take to change the lightbulb?

Posted by bex — 30 March 2007 at 12:07pm - Comments

An energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbWell, all of them, but the Co-op has made a fine start. The supermarket has announced that it’s going to remove all inefficient light bulbs from its shelves within a few months.