CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) light bulbs can last for about 6,000-15,000 hours, whereas regular (incandescent) bulbs last for about 750-1,000 hours. While CFL bulbs cost 3-10 times as much, their life is much longer, and they are more energy efficient.

Properly disposing of and recycling the CFC light bulbs is incredibly important, as they contain a small amount of mercury. If users dispose of these bulbs in the regular trash, more mercury will be added to the landfills and our water sources. According to The Boston Globe, the amount of mercury in one bulb can exceed the US guidelines for chronic exposure if not handled properly — so care must be taken when installing them.

These light bulbs are a great option, but only if we are responsible enough to dispose of them properly. The Home Depot has launched a program in all of their stores where you can bring in (unbroken) CFL bulbs to be recycled.

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Commercial cleaning products, while incredibly popular and easy to use, can be harmful to our bodies, homes and the environment. A more healthy — and less expensive — option is to make your own.

This website has many uses for vinegar, from cleaning the kitchen and bathroom to using it in your garden to kill weeds.

Another website is devoted to natural “recipes” for cleaning products, which call for ingredients such as borax, glycerin, and essential oils. Although these cleaning solutions are natural, some ingredients, such as tea tree oil, which can be used as an antiseptic, can still be harmful if ingested.

Even though it’s easier to buy commercial cleaning products, aren’t the long term effects more important? How long could it possibly take to mix up a batch of all-purpose cleaner with vinegar, water, and a few drops of a good smelling essential oil? ☮

Which eco – friendly option would you be most likely to switch to?

I am beginning this blog for a class, but hope to continue it further. I’d like to focus on the small, simple changes that people will make in their daily lives to lead greener, happier, and healthier lives.

I want to hear about what I should focus on — Food? Health? Beauty? What would people be more apt to change in their lives without sacrificing the results that they are used to, and without spending too much money?

Leave a comment or write me an email — I’ve got my ideas, but I’d love to learn yours.

No change is too small!