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Monthly Archives: February 2007

Disposal of Fluourescent Bulbs

I’ve been considering going to compact fluorescent bulbs for a while, but the disposal issue has bothered me for a while. They have mercury in them, so they are more hazardous to just throw out. But I didn’t know how to handle it.

But there’s a story on one of my local news station’s website about how we’re supposed to handle them. I actually hadn’t been aware that in San Diego it is against the law to throw out fluorescent bulbs. For city residents, the landfill has a hazardous material disposal site where you can make a Saturday appointment to get rid of your bulbs.

But I’m not within San Diego limits. Fortunately, it turns out that Ikea does fluorescent bulb recycling too. Now this is not exactly convenient to me, as they’re at least a half hour drive away if traffic is good. But I certainly like that they offer this service.

I’d love to see other retail stores offer this kind of service. Walmart, Target and Home Depot immediately come to mind as places that sell the bulbs. Be very handy if they helped with the disposal too. Continue Reading

Looks Like a Job for Al Gore!

Share After all, he’s the problem in this case. I’ve read on a number of blogs now about the report released that included information on his energy consumption, which is higher every month than most people use in an entire year. Even if it is mostly green, that’s a lot of energy use. I read… Continue Reading

Is Organic Cotton at Risk?

Share Reading this article about a deal between biotech giant Monsanto agreed to purchase Delta and Pine Land Company strikes me as a warning for all kinds of problems for organic crop production in years to come, not just cotton. The basic risk to cotton with this merger is the increased chance that genetically modified… Continue Reading

So Hard to be Green Sometimes

Share Just figuring out how to be green is tough a lot of the time. I read a story a week or two back about how scientists are realizing a lot of biofuels aren’t so environmentally friendly as they thought. Turns out the production techniques cause more environmental issues than the use of the fuels… Continue Reading