Home Depot Canada Voluntarily Phases Out Pesticides Across Canada and Provides Consumers Over 50 Options in Natural Lawn Care



    TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ - The Home Depot(R) today announced that it will
voluntarily stop selling traditional pesticides and herbicides in its stores
across Canada by the end of 2008 and will increase its selection of
environmentally friendly alternatives.
    The Home Depot is the first home improvement retailer to stop selling
pesticides voluntarily across Canada and will phase out the products long
before legislated deadlines. The Home Depot stores in Quebec do not sell
pesticides. In addition, there are currently over 55 municipalities in Canada
where the residential use, but not sale, of pesticides is banned. As the
leader in the Canadian home improvement industry, The Home Depot will not sell
any traditional pesticides and currently offers over 50 natural alternatives
for its customers.
    "Like our customers, we, at The Home Depot, are concerned about the
environment," said Annette Verschuren, president of The Home Depot Canada and
Asia. "We are going above and beyond government regulations by working with
our suppliers to develop pesticide alternatives that are environmentally
friendly and produce excellent results on lawns and gardens."
    Pesticides will be phased out of The Home Depot stores across Canada
starting today. By June 2008, The Home Depot anticipates that 62 of its stores
nationwide will no longer sell pesticides, with all 166 stores offering
additional environmentally preferred replacement products by the end of 2008.
    "Our stores will prominently feature green pesticide alternatives, in
addition to our current Eco Options products, and our trained associates will
continue to provide customers with product information and tips, as well as
on-line support," added Verschuren.
    Product categories currently affected by The Home Depot's voluntary
phase-out include herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, slug baits, moss
control products and lawn fertilizers with weed control. A total of 60
products will be affected.
    As the environmental leader in the home improvement retail sector, The
Home Depot Canada has developed a number of environmental initiatives to date.
For the past eight years, the company has held its Mow Down Pollution
lawnmower trade-in event to help consumers reduce smog emissions when trimming
their lawns. The Home Depot Canada also offers more than 1,500 Eco Options
products, including all-natural insect repellents, organic plant food and
vegetables in biodegradable pots. The wide array of Eco Options also includes
compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, programmable thermostats, cellulose
insulation, front-load washing machines, and certified wood. The company also
offers the only national recycling program for CFL bulbs.

    About The Home Depot

    Founded in 1978 in Atlanta, Georgia, The Home Depot is the world's
largest home improvement specialty retailer with 2,257 retail stores,
including 166 across Canada. In fiscal 2007, The Home Depot had sales of
$77.3 billion and earnings from continuing operations of $4.2 billion. The
Company employs more than 300,000 people, including more than 30,000
Canadians.

    Note to editors:

    An announcement will be made at 11 a.m. today at the Home Depot Leaside
store in Toronto at 101 Wicksteed Ave (near Eglinton and Laird) in the Garden
Centre, where a demonstration on "How to Garden Without Pesticides" will
follow.





For further information:

For further information: or interview requests, contact: The Home Depot
Canada Media Line, (416) 386-5847, Or Publicrelations_Canada@homedepot.com


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