IKEA will buy back used furniture in stand against ‘excessive consumption’

October 15, 2020 by  
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IKEA will buy back used furniture in stand against ‘excessive consumption’ Cecilia Keating Thu, 10/15/2020 – 00:45 IKEA customers soon will be able to sell their flat-pack furniture back to the company, after the retail giant announced a new buy-back scheme that will see it purchase old and unwanted IKEA items and resell them to shoppers at discounted rates. The Swedish furniture giant said it will launch the sustainability initiative on Black Friday — the discount day promoted annually by retail companies in late November — in a bid to help customers “take a stand against excessive consumption.” The campaign is slated to run in 27 countries through Dec. 3, according to an IKEA press release about the intiative. Customers that sell dressers, chairs, cabinets or bookshelves back to IKEA will receive a voucher that can be redeemed against fresh items. Well-used items with several scratches will be eligible for a voucher worth 30 percent of their original value, while unblemished items can be swapped for 50 percent of their original value, Ikea said. The discount card will not have an expiry date, in a bid to encourage customers to buy items only when necessary, according to the company. “With the launch of ‘buy back’ we are giving a second life to many more IKEA products and creating more easy and affordable solutions to help people live more sustainably,” said Peter Jelkeby, country retail manager and chief sustainability officer at IKEA UK and Ireland. “It is an exciting step forward in our journey towards becoming a fully circular and climate positive business by 2030.” A range of products are expected to be included in the scheme, including chairs and stools without upholstery, chests of drawers, small tables, bookcases and shelf units, and display storage and cabinets, the company said. The items eventually will be stocked in dedicated second-hand sections of IKEA stores, with anything unable to be resold recycled, it added. Hege Saebjornsen, country sustainability manager at IKEA UK and Ireland, emphasized the firm had a responsibility to make its business model more circular and encourage a shift in consumption behavior. “The IKEA vision has always been to create a better everyday life for the many people, which right now means making sustainable living easy and affordable for everyone,” she said. “Being circular is a good business opportunity as well as a responsibility, and the climate crisis requires us all to radically rethink our consumption habits.” IKEA’s new initiative is the latest of a number of moves from retailers to appeal to an increasingly sustainability-focused clientele. In late August, luxury department store Selfridges announced that it was launching a raft of repair, resale and rental initiatives as part of plans to “change the way people shop.” Topics Circular Economy Retail BusinessGreen Featured in featured block (1 article with image touted on the front page or elsewhere) Off Duration 0 Sponsored Article Off Shutterstock IKEA Close Authorship

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Get Certified Online to Green Your College Campus

January 27, 2012 by  
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The University of Vermont (UVM), which received an “A” on last year’s College Sustainability Report Card, wants to help other colleges and universities green their operations with the launch of its new online Sustainable Campus Innovation…

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Nissan develops solar-powered recharging system for Leaf

July 15, 2011 by  
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Priyank Gupta: Nissan Leaf Recharging on solar energy The concept of electric vehicles has been very old, but has caught auto majors fancy after 2007’s global economic recession coupled with sky high oil prices. Japanese auto makers evolved as early birds for new electric technology, and Nissan was one of them with the launch of it’s popular electric car, The Leaf. The car with gasoline equivalent average of nearly 100mpg is hugely popular due to its long range and sporty looks. But despite of them being completely emission free, EVs used to face critics’ questions as they require electricity to charge and as in majority of cases, electric power is generated by non renewable sources resources like coal and natural gas.This eliminates the whole purpose of driving EV’s because the reduction of emission of green house gases was shifted from automobiles to power plants. Nissan’s Leaf went on sale last year and according to the company, the Leaf’s battery retains 80 percent of its initial capacity even after scrapping. Thus, with an eye on future, when large number of today’s new batteries will be scrapped, Nissan is planning to provide an alternative for electric storage in the form of Leaf’s batteries. In the same context, Nissan has launched a new prototype charging system in association with 4R Energy Corporation. The system involves the use of solar cells to charge high capacity Li-ion batteries(96kWh) with each one being the size of one Leaf. The prototype is now under testing at Yokohama headquarters of Nissan, where solar cells installed on the roof top would charge four Li-ion batteries which will be used to charge the vehicles. The system would be capable of generating and storing enough electricity to charge nearly 1800 Leafs annually. Already there’s a lot of buzz regarding solar and wind power, however the storage of energy by these sources has always been a problem. But with the advent of new charging and storing solutions by the company, the problem is expected to be solved to a large extent and may bring a revolution that would change the way EV’s are charged and used the world over and will make driving an emission free affair. Nissan Leaf Recharging to solar energy The company is much excited about its new storing solutions and is also planning to offer these to residential and commercial establishments. After Fukushima nuclear accident it would not be surprising if the company successfully materializes its plan due to people’s protest against nuclear power which may lead to closure of nuclear plants. However, now it has to be seen when the company brings out the public version and at what price because that’s going to be an important point for its widespread adoption. If the project fails to meet expectations of people, development and installation of new infrastructure for charging electric vehicles would once again continue to be the biggest challenge for increase in usage of EVs. Via: Boston

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What’s Next: Harvesting clean energy from bridges

July 15, 2011 by  
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Ayan Sengupta: Energy from bridge Harvesting clean energy from bridges As we know it We know bridges as a connecting plane between two distant and unconnected places. This is what they have been so far. But now it seems, the bridge builders around the world are ready to take the next step in bridge making. They are trying to use bridges for doing something which is unique. Designers are now planning to build bridges which would also generate energy from renewable sources, besides connecting two distant places. In fact these “ energy generating bridges ” are the future as far as bridge construction is concerned. Having bridges to act as energy farms are also advantageous because precious land is saved since both energy farms and bridges are combined into one single structure. Need for change There is great requirement for building structures that can help in generating precious energy. It is a great cost saving and space saving measure. Having these bridges generating energy from renewable sources would greatly minimize the loss of land to industrial projects since both these structures would be combined into one. It would also save cost since the huge amount of infrastructure that is needed to build a separate energy farm would not be required here because, the bridge itself would provide those support mechanisms. Bridges are also great for generating energy because of their height. Being located at a greater height, bridges are generally exposed to strong crosswinds which can easily be harnessed for producing energy. They also get a good amount of sunlight. So having solar wind bridges does make a lot of sense. Wind turbines can be integrated between the pillars and solar PV panels could be embedded on the road surface of these “green bridges”. What’s next? 1. London Bridge envisioned with a solar vertical farm and residences London Bridge London Bridge with a solar vertical farm and generate energy What is new? This concept over river Thames in London, envisioned by Cherry Chetwood, sees the London Bridge as a model for sustainable living. The bridge would just not generate energy for human use, but also produces organic food for the consumption of the city people. What difference will it make? Apart from providing renewable sources of energy to the Londoners, this bridge will also act as a market place for the people where they will get all types of organic fruits and vegetables. It will also promote ecofriendly practices like rainwater harvesting, natural ventilation, and passive solar energy. Problems Many new technologies will have to be invented for this project to be a success. 2. Korea envisions solar-clad bridge for Seoul Solar-clad Bridge Korea solar-clad bridge for Seoul What’s new? This bridge would be built in the city of Seoul in South Korea. The bridge would connect two important places in the city – the National Assembly Building and the Dang-Li power plant. Apart from connecting these two places the bridge will also be able to generate electricity from the numerous solar PV panels fitted on the bridge. Planning Korea would be the firm building this bridge. What differences will it make? The electricity generated from the bridge will be used for powering various installations in the city. Apart from that, the bridge will also have a library, a museum, and an IT complex mall built over it. The electricity generated will also power these installations. The bridge will also have docks below to act as parking berths for ships, water taxis, and yachts. Problems This is a massive project. It could be difficult to integrate so many things into one structure. Only time will tell if this project is viable or not. 3. Cross-wind bridge that generates electricity Cross-wind Bridge Cross-wind bridge captures cars speeds underneath to generate electricity What’s new? This bridge helps generate power from the wind through a network of 2,188 lightweight rotating panels. The bridge has been designed by an entire team of architects which consists of noted architects like Tiago Barros, Jorge Periera, Natalie Batile etc. The bridge would be built entirely from recycled steel which would be bought from the auto industry. The bridge will be built over the Segunda Circular Highway in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. What difference will it make? This concept bridge is built on a truss system which increases the crosswind velocity flowing over the bridge. This, in turn, helps rotate the panels which generate energy from the flowing wind. An electromagnetic band fitted around all the rotating panels helps in illuminating the bridge at night with the help of an induction power system. The bridge will also have a tunnel for the bikers and the pedestrians. Problems Like all such concepts, this is again an extremely challenging one. It will require a lot of innovation and new design methods to successfully turn the concept into reality. 4. The Largest Solar-Powered Bridge to be built in Brisbane Solar-Powered Bridge The Kurilpa Bridge is the largest Solar-Powered Bridge Built in Brisbane What is new? This is the Kulipa Bridge, the biggest solar powered foot bridge in the world. The bridge, built over the Brisbane river, has 84 solar panels and a complex LED lighting scheme fitted onto it. The bridge is 43 meters long and an estimated $63 millions were spent in its construction. What difference will it make? The 84 solar panels together produce about 100 kWh of electricity everyday from sunlight. The total amount of electricity produced in a year is something to the tune of 38 MWh. 75 percent of the electricity produced is spent in lighting the LED lights which illuminates the bridge at night. Any additional electricity is returned to the bridge’s main grid. Problems Most of the electricity produced by the bridge is spent in lighting the LED lights that have been fitted onto it. Very less amount of electricity is left for other purposes.

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7th Generation Debuts 4x Laundry Detergent in Paper Bottle

March 10, 2011 by  
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 Seventh Generation is ditching completely-plastic packaging with the launch of its 4x concentrated formula.

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PepsiCo’s First Water Report Sets the Bar for Stewardship

September 7, 2010 by  
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PepsiCo offered a detailed glimpse of its water stewardship efforts today with the launch of its inaugural water report, which also coincides with Stockholm International Water Institute’s World Water Week taking place through Saturday.

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IBM Steps Up Water-Management Projects Around the Globe

September 7, 2010 by  
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From China to Chesapeake Bay, IBM has kicked off four projects that will sharpen its focus on water issues.

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Only 7 seater electric vehicle, Luxgen7 MPV EV+ cruises at 200 miles

July 10, 2010 by  
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Eco-Factor : Zero carbon emissions, zero pollution electric vehicle. Years of research and development in electric vehicle technology has finally paid off for Taiwanese automaker Luxgen with the launch of Luxgen7 MPV EV+; the world’s first 7 passenger EV.

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Las Vegas Sands Raises the Stakes for Green Development

March 17, 2010 by  
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In a town where green building is latest rage among mega resorts and gaming palaces, the Las Vegas Sands Corporation has upped the ante on eco-friendly development and business operations with the launch of a sustainability program for its properties in Vegas and beyond.

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Walmart’s Emerging Role in Sustainability Consulting

March 15, 2010 by  
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Three years before Walmart announced it would squeeze 20 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions from its supply chain, the retailer rolled out its Supplier Energy Efficiency Program with the goal of helping its suppliers save electricity and money, in turn bringing down the price of products.

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