Author: Cathy Ives
Light bulbs are filled with toxins and as more people are switching to LED’s or CFL’s many of those old lightbulbs are landing up in landfills, leaking toxic waste into our drinking water. Today more and more people are recycling light bulbs, but still many people still put in the trash, like my neighbor last week!
• According to fastcompany.com: “… U.S. consumers spent about $1 billion to buy about 2 billion lightbulbs–5.5 million every day.”
• According to wsj.com: “The U.S., which has four billion electric lights using [incandescent] bulbs, represents about a third of the world market.”
• If every American household changed a single light bulb to an Energy Star bulb, it would provide enough power to light more than 2.5 million homes, while saving consumers money.
Facts About Mercury in Fluorescent Light bulbs
• 1 teaspoon -One teaspoon of mercury can contaminate a 20 acre lake forever
• Each year, an estimated 600 million fluorescent lamps are disposed of in US landfills amounting to 30,000 pounds of mercury waste.
The best thing you can do with Light bulbs
• Use less.-Turning off lights, making them last longer keeps our landfills cleaner.
• Use EnergyStar Lightbulbs and still use less
• Recycle- go to Earth011.com for the closest recycling center
• Reuse lightbulbs into other things
Ways to Reuse and Recycle Light bulbs
Make Flower Vases
Make A Lamp
Make a Model Ship
Make Into Ornaments
Cover with Paper Mache- let harden – drop on the ground and make a rattle.
Reuse and Make a Sculpture
Make An Aquarium
Make Lightbulb Art
Make Into Balloon Art
Make Salt And Pepper Shakers
Reuse Lightbulb to Make a Concrete Wall Hook