There's an interesting article by Junkscience.com founder and publisher Steven J. Milloy about how breaking a compact fluerescent bulb cost a Maine woman more than $2,000 for the mercury cleanup. It's an interesting read and as ususal, Milloy (also a columnist for the hitman network, Fox News) takes an anti-environment and regulation stance. The underlying message is don't use CFLs even though it's recommended by the unlikely stable mates of environmental groups and power companies. Granted, the clean-up for the woman was a nightmare and the message is handle CFLs with as much care you would a precious glass bowl. I have switched to CFLs and will not go back no matter how specious Milloy's scare tactics. And when the bulbs wear out in 5-7 years, I will take them to the proper recycler as should everyone else. Milloy is trying to scare everyone that these bulbs and their mercury will fin their way into landfills. Indeed, some will, but the penalty for that should be stiff and recycling should become easier over time as they become more popular - an in some states, the law.
Everyone has had the experience of trying to scrape the last of the peanut butter or mayonnaise from the bottom of a glass jar without getting your hand sticky. Inventor Ron Jidmar thinks he has a solution to all of that nonsense with a flexible jar design that can be squeezed with one hand to lift contents from the bottom to the top of a jar or container, leaving the other hand free to scoop the contents out cleanly.
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