Woolworths’ light bulbs attract Greenpeace scorn

Greenpeace has turned up the heat in its campaign to stop Woolworths selling ‘power ­crazy’ incandescent light bulbs.

Greenpeace: protest in London
Greenpeace: protest in London

During a protest outside the store’s London headquarters on Wednesday, Greenpeace members handed out copies of a press release it plans to distribute if Woolworths agrees to stop selling the low-efficiency bulbs by 2008.

The stunt was part of a strategy designed to show the retailer that working with the environmental NGO would have a positive effect on its reputation.

‘We are using the carrot approach,’ said press officer James Turner. ‘If Woolworths agrees to stop selling incandescent light bulbs our positive quotes will ­allow it to position itself as a green consumer choice on the high street.’

Woolworths came bottom in a Greenpeace survey that ranked retailers selling ­ inefficient light bulbs according to their commitments to phasing them out.

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