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"Facts about Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs"
By Obiora Embry Published in April 2010 Peaceways Newsletter

"Knowledge is power and at the end of the day, our health, the health of our children, the health of our community, and the health of Mother Earth is our responsibility.  Therefore, it is imperative that we understand the human and environmental affects of the products that we buy."
– Obiora Embry

Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs were invented in 1976 by a General Electric engineer and since the late 1990’s there has been an increase in their sales.  In 2007, more than 300 million CFLs were sold in the United States.  With this popularity and the hazardous materials they contain, the packaging should include information on the handling, disposal, and the actions to be taken if CFLs are broken, but this not the case.  In order to receive this vital information, we have to call an 800 number or go to a Web site.

Knowledge is power and at the end of the day, our health, the health of our children, the health of our community, and the health of Mother Earth is our responsibility.  Therefore, it is imperative that we understand the human and environmental effects of the products that we buy.  This knowledge should be given via our local news, local health department, safety and regulatory government agencies, elected officials, etc., so that we can become an informed citizenry and keep the power in the hands of the people.  However, this information is not disseminated to US, so we have to do the research on our own.

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