Wednesday, August 27, 2008

IKEA To Start Selling Solar Panels

This was long overdue in my opinion. Everyone should be looking for possible ways to help the environment, even the big companies. I found a free $1000 gift card for IKEA here! Thats a good deal for when IKEA starts selling these solar panels.

Article - IKEA plans to invest in $77 million in clean tech startups in the next five years with an eye to selling solar panels and other green tech products in stores or having suppliers use them, the Cleantech Group reported.

The plans emerged from the four-member IKEA Greentech group, which formed eight months ago, the report said.

IKEA established Greentech as its corporate venture arm to invest long term in clean tech solutions. Its mission is to identify and invest in marketable solutions that can be sold or used in IKEA stores or used by retailer’s suppliers, according to the Cleantech Scandinavia organization.

Johan Stenebo, managing director for IKEA Greentech, is slated to speak on his firm’s strategy for external clean tech growth and the importance of organizations, such as the one he heads, as tools for green tech development later this year at Cleantech Scandinavia’s annual conference.

The investment plan is the latest example of the IKEA ethos that entwines the company’s mutual drives for environmental responsibility and business success.

In the United States, Swedwood North America — a subsidiary of the Swedwood industrial group within IKEA — is building a manufacturing facility in Danville, Va.

The 810,000-square-foot factory will be the Swedish firm’s first furniture production plant in the U.S. The site was chosen for its proximity to North American IKEA stores and distribution centers, a selection that enables IKEA and Swedwood to reduce transportation costs and environmental impacts. IKEA has 283 stores in 36 countries and territories; 35 are in the U.S. and another 11 are in Canada.

In October, the company will stop offering plastic shopping bags to U.S. customers. IKEA eased into its campaign to phase out the bags last year. It set a goal of halving use from 70 million bags to 35 million in 12 months, and as incentive to reduce consumption charged a nickel for a plastic bag and offered reusable bags for 59 cents apiece. The company donated the more than $300,000 in proceeds from the plastic bag sales to America Forests to plant trees.

The campaign and the donation program mirror IKEA programs in the United Kingdom, where plastic sacks were bagged in June, and in Australia, where the bags became history in December.

Here is another link to the gift card. I plan on filling out this offer later. My husband Clive often shops at IKEA because his parents live right next to one in New Jersey. I think you can use it for the online store too.

Upsidedown Tomato Garden!

Hi guys! I'm Mary, a 47 year old (shhh!) mother of 2. My 2 boys eat me out of house and home LOL. So I've been researching the web to try and find deals on stuff I could use. After a lot of searching on websites for coupons and mail-in rebates I finally found some really cool stuff for free. I love gardening and crafts so I created this blog to share some good gardening tools and things for the home that I found for free. My 17 year old son taught me about blogging so I thought I would give it a try.

The first thing I found was this Upsidedown Tomato Garden. I've read about this in magazines and always wanted to give it a try. I love gardening but our yard is currently under construction so I don't have the room to plant my garden. This thing saves space and is quite the conversation piece. I thought I would document my experience with this "free" offer and tell you guys about it. I used the following criteria to document it and if anyone has any questions or knows of more sites for free stuff, let me know!

1. Where can I find this?

2. Who is giving this away?

3. What do I have to do to receive this?

4. My personal experience with the offer.

1. I found it by searching for "tomato garden" on Google. You can just click here and find it to save you some time.

2. I did some research and found World Avenue. I guess this is a company that specializes in free offer. After looking around for a while I found a bunch of other free gifts that I will tell you about later in my blog.

3. Mailing information. Some time to spend filling out your information. It took me about 45 minutes to get everything done. Internet access. No money if you use the refer a friend option (I didn't do that this time, but I'm going to try it in the future. It sounded interesting.)

4. Well, after answering yes or no to 5 survey questions I was brought to this page that asks you to select from a number of trial offers and such. You also have the option to refer a friend and not do the trial offers (I didn't do that this time, but I will try it next time). I selected the sponsored offers that I wanted to try (they even had gardening gift cards! I could have used these anyway) and in about 30 minutes I did all of the requirements. It only cost me a small amount out of pocket which ended up being a lot less than if I just went to the store to buy the Tomato Garden. They even have free shipping.

I'll update you guys when I get my tomato garden. They even had other options for tomato plants and other things. It was really cool.