American Standard takes show on the road, again
Piscataway, N.J.-based American Standard’s 2011 Responsible Bathroom Tour begins rolling this month with stops at more than 100 plumbing wholesale locations.
The star of the show is a walk-through mobile plumbing showroom displaying WaterSense-certified toilets, faucets and shower heads.
Last year, a similar tour generated sales of products that combine to save about 2 billion gallons of water annually. This year’s tour will build upon these savings by convincing attendees to adopt new water-conserving behaviors and replace old leaky fixtures with more efficient products, the company said.
Open to the public, the tour is expected to attract plumbers, specifiers and other construction professionals, along with environmentalists, researchers, housing authorities, utility personnel and consumers. Visitors will learn about water conservation strategies and view product demonstrations.
The tour, which will continue through November, has also partnered with local water municipalities to promote local rebates available for water-efficient faucets, toilets and shower heads.
Menards opens another unit in Minnesota
Home improvement chain Menards continued its Midwest expansion with a March 28 soft opening in Marshall, a town in southwestern Minnesota, according to an article in the Marshall Independent. The grand opening is scheduled for this week.
Site preparation and construction for the store had been going on since August 2008, the article said.
Menards is also hoping to open a store in Bemidji, Minn., this spring.
Few consumers recycling CFLs
The vast majority of consumers are not recycling their compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, and the result is tons of mercury released into the environment, according to an article in the Contra Costa Times. Statistics provided by the Association of Lighting and Mercury Recyclers estimate that only 2% of consumers and one-third of businesses recycle CFL bulbs.
Each CFL bulb contains up to 5 milligrams of mercury, a potent neurotoxin. When not recycled, these bulbs usually end up in landfills where, along with discarded fluorescent lights, they release into the atmosphere and in storm water runoff upward of 4 tons of mercury annually, according to a study in the Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association.
By federal mandate, incandescent lights will be phased out in the United States by 2014. Most are being replaced by energy-efficient CFLs, as well as the pricier halogen and LED bulbs.
Home Depot, Ikea, Lowe’s and many Ace Hardware stores, among other retailers, offer free fluorescent light recycling.