Design Roundup: IKEA Dumps Incandescents, Calif. and N.Y. Pass BPA Bans

Design Roundup: IKEA Dumps Incandescents, Calif. and N.Y. Pass BPA Bans

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IKEA plans to have all incandescent bulbs off its shelves by Jan. 1, 2011, in advance of a U.S. ban on the sale of incandescents that will start with 100-watt bulbs on Jan. 1, 2012, and ban lower-watt bulbs in phases, ending in 2014. IKEA will start phasing incandescent bulbs out of its U.S. stores starting next month, aiming to be completely free of incandescent a year before the U.S. phaseout begins.

New York is poised to become the latest state to ban bisphenol A (BPA), with both the State Senate and Assembly approving a bill that would prohibit the use of BPA in products intended for kids age 3 and under, including pacifiers, baby bottles and drink cups. The California Assembly, meanwhile, also passed a bill that would ban BPA in those same products. The California bill is now in the hands of the state's Senate.

Whole Foods Market stores in the Rocky Mountain region will start using the GreenBox pizza box in August. More than 30 locations will box up carryout pizza orders in the 100-percet recycled content GreenBox. The box's top is designed to break apart into four pieces to act as plates, and the bottom folds over to become a storage box for leftovers.

Ingredient maker Wild has added seven items to its line of natural food colorings in response to European law that requires food companies to put warnings on products that include six food colors linked to hyperactivity in kids. Any product containing the so-called Southampton Six (their effects were studied at Southampton University) would need to carry the phrase, "May have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children." The new food colorings in Wild's Colours From Nature range are natural extracts from plants, fruits and vegetables.

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