Home Depot will introduce today an Eco Options label for 2,500 products the company considers better for the environment.
Many of the products are already on Home Depot store shelves and include a wide range from insecticide to programmable thermostats. As part of the label launch, the company will give away 1 million compact fluorescent light bulbs at its stores on Earth Day, April 22.
Generally, the products fall into one of five categories: clean air, water conservation, energy efficiency, healthy home and sustainable forestry.
The company says the products with the Eco Options label are either environmentally kinder by definition, such as lights that use solar power, or have met certain environmental performance criteria verified by Scientific Certification Systems, an independent standards development and certification company.
The company expects to include the label on 6,000 products by 2009. Although it’s the first time the label will be seen in the United States, Home Depot introduced the Eco Options label in Canada in 2004.