From Hastings Tile & Bath, a collection of city-sized vanities
Hastings Tile & Bath is rolling out a new collection of contemporary bath vanities that bring big style to limited size constraints for urban dwellings.
“Having a showroom in New York City means that we speak to a lot of people whose bathrooms are not as spacious as they might be if they lived in the suburbs,” says Bob Gifford, director of bath products for Hastings Tile & Bath. “We feel it’s important to be able to offer a wide selection of vanities that are stylish but also have a smaller profile, meaning they won’t take up precious floor space. These vanities lose nothing except width; their finishes and available color combinations are as versatile as any of our other collections.”
The smaller profile vanities are designed for powder rooms or smaller bathrooms, featuring space-saving cabinets with depths of less than 11 inches.
They include Zen, a 17.7"-width one-door vanity with a vintage avana wood finish and a ceramic basin. Zen is also available in 12 graphic vanity-front patterns.
Derby is a compact one-door vanity with an integrated handle, available in 15-3/4" and 17-3/4" widths. It's available in a variety of colors and finishes, including bold graphic patterns.
Finally, the Ego vanity is a two-door design with a classic look and a glossy solid-surface basin.
Here’s a look at Lowe’s 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility report
Lowe's Companies took a moment to reflect on its progress with the release of its 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report (CSR).
Among other highlights, the retailer noted increased participation in employee volunteer and benefits programs, as well as progress on a number of other significant fronts such as waste reduction, energy, workplace safety and diversity, product sustainability and charitable giving.
"As a purpose-driven company, Lowe's is committed to helping people love where they live. That's the lens we use to do what's right for customers and our communities," Robert Niblock says in the report's CEO Letter. "This report is a demonstration of that commitment. I'm proud of what we accomplished in 2015, and I'm looking forward to building on our momentum."
Here are some highlights:
- More than $33 million in charitable contributions via Lowe's and the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, with the help of more than 43,000 Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers.
- For the first time, every single Lowe's store in the United States (more than 1,700 stores) participated in a Lowe's Heroes volunteer project.
- The 10-year anniversary of Lowe's Toolbox for Education, which has awarded $48 million in grants to more than 6 million children and nearly 11,000 schools.
- The removal of ortho-phthalate plasticizers from all residential vinyl flooring. Additionally, Lowe's committed to phasing out the sale of products that contain neonic pesticides within 48 months to support pollinator health. Lowe's also announced plans to eliminate window coverings with accessible cords from its in-stock assortment by the end of 2018.
- The launch of a mentoring program that pairs female and minority store managers with market directors to grow their leadership skills.
- Lowe's mobile health-screening units completed 111,792 free health screenings for employees, a 10% increase from 2014.
Lumber Liquidators comes out on top in Prop 65 case
The legal powers that be looked favorably upon Lumber Liquidators, with the Court ruling in favor of the retailer in the Proposition 65 lawsuit that was filed in July 2014 in the Superior Court of the State of California.
"We are pleased that the Court has ruled in Lumber Liquidators' favor," said the retailer in a statement. "This marks an important step forward for our company as we continue to focus on driving operational performance."
"Over the past several months, we have made tremendous progress in strengthening Lumber Liquidators across every area of our organization. We have implemented significant enhancements to our sourcing and compliance practices, and we look forward to continuing to deliver products that are compliant with California's environmental standards. We are committed to operating with integrity and delivering quality products to our customers."
The retailer had previously been accused of failing to properly warn consumers about the formaldehyde levels in its laminate flooring, which poses a potential cancer risk to homeowners. California's Proposition 65 requires businesses to clearly advertise any significant chemical content in their products.
The retailer also recently settled with the California Air Resources Board for $2.5 million (in addition to an agreement to enact new procedures to ensure compliance with California laws).