Thursday, March 20, 2008

Fluorescent bulbs and mercury

Compact fluorescent bulbs (or CFLs) are an excellent choice when it comes to energy efficiency. But the bulbs can't simply be tossed when their life ends. All CFLs contain about 5 milligrams of mercury — a tiny amount, for sure (barely enough to cover the tip of a pen) — but that is enough to contaminate 6,000 gallons of water beyond safe drinking levels. You can read a more detailed article on CFLs and mercury here, and look for a recycling center near you to dispose of them.

These images are from an invitation job I did last summer for the Discovery Museum at the Powerhouse in Durango. It was a really fun die-cut job (so just imagine the bulbs being cut out where you see the outline around the shape...) The invitation was for their gala fundraising event held last September.

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