I’ve been wary of florescent light bulbs since they’ve been touted by NPR and Wal-Mart as the savior of Planet Earth. I’m concerned that people all over are going to buy them & there’s not much information out there on how to dispose of them. I’m sure people will be throwing them in the trash, and all that mercury will leach into the water system. So it’s reducing the air pollution of coal plants, but then poisoning the water with mercury.
But Al Gore was just too relentless. So, I bought a pack from CVS. It’s “Guaranteed to last 7 years! 10,000 hours!” It even had a $4 mail-in rebate.
When I opened the box, I saw that the rebate only applies if I had bought the bulbs between January, 2007 and December, 2007. Very clever, RTH Home Decor and CVS. Besides, it requires the original cash register receipt, and if you’ve ever shopped at CVS, you know that those things are printed on paper that decomposes within 2 weeks, let alone 7 years.
The bulb burned out after about an hour of use. So maybe that 10,000 hours was in flea time.
So, now I have a burned out mercury-poisoned bulb with no idea of where I can safely dispose of it. In my sister’s house yesterday, they accidentally dropped one of these things & they all freaked out about breathing the mercury. I came over & it was freezing in their house. They had the door open to air out the mercury (it’s about 2 degrees fahrenheit here).
This all reminds me of when microwave ovens came out. That’s right, I remember. My first thought was, “What happens in 10 years, when all these ovens are all crusty, the doors don’t shut tightly and they are leaking microwaves? People will be selling them at yard sales – they don’t come with a microwave detector. We’ll be cooking ourselves from the inside out!” And, obviously, I was right.
I think the moral of the story is that anything humans create is bad.
So, have a nice Christmas, or whatever holiday you celebrate in its place, and enjoy all of the new products that are destroying our planet & cooking us from the inside out.