Sunday, May 18, 2008

Earth-Friendly Products

A couple weeks ago Jeffrey and I bought some solar landscape lights and some compact fluorescent light bulbs. Until recently, I didn't realize those fluorescent light bulbs were so much better for the environment than regular light bulbs. I just thought they were supposed to last longer and save electricity. Not that that's a bad thing, but I didn't realize there was more to it.

We happened to be in a store that had the light bulbs on sale, and the solar landscape lights were fairly reasonable after rebate. So we bought them. I love the landscape lights. They charge up all day long in the sun and light up pretty at night. No wires. No electricity charges. Pretty cool, huh?

The light bulbs are great, too. It takes them a little while to come on and then to build up to full light, but once they do, they are so bright. I was reading today that this kind of light bulbs simulate sunlight, so that's so much better than normal indoor light. I like to have a lot of light in my house, so I'm thinking we will have to start replacing all our bulbs with these.

I just learned tonight that there's a great website where you can buy all kinds of earth-friendly products for everyday living. It's called Eco Geek Living, and they are committed to providing easy-to-use, eco-friendly alternatives to traditional household products.

They have the light bulbs and the solar landscape lights like we bought, and they also have solar and crank flashlights, reusable bottles and filters, and solar chargers like this power monkey explorer for cell phones, iPods, and other electronic devices. You know how your electronic devices always seem to 'die' at the most inopportune times. A solar charger will have the power you need, when you need it. I also love the idea of those flashlights. There's nothing worse than having the power go out, needing the flashlight, and then finding out that the battery's dead.

If everyone makes just one little change, it can make a big difference, so why not browse the Eco Geek Living site and see if they have something you can use? Maybe the Solar Fishing Tackle Bag?


  1. Hi there, was just passing by :) I think eco-friendly products are just really great. It helps the environment and a lot of it helps save energy and money. It's a two way street and everyone benefits in the end.

  2. As someone who sells light bulbs for a living, I am less enthusiastic than most about compact fluorescent bulbs. This is due to the fact that the ones currently available contain significant amounts of mercury. If one of these bulbs should break inside of a person’s home, it could cause a challenging disposal situation. It is my belief that the technology should progress to a point at which the mercury levels are low or nonexistent before people changeover their entire homes. Another consideration is that as these bulbs burn out, they will most likely be thrown away as though they are normal rubbish and landfills will have incredibly high levels of mercury in their soil as a result.

  3. So, yeah, I was going to make the comment about the mercury in the bulbs too.

    Oh, and don't believe the thing about simulating sunlight. That has to do with color temperature, and these bulbs come in a variety of temps, just like regular incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. Sunlight is generally in the 5000-5500K temp. range. Most of the bulbs I've seen only come in at about 4000K, much cooler (green/blue) than sunlight.

    Anyway, when it really comes down to it, all this BS about "green" this and "green" that is just another way for someone to try to get some of our money. I have nothing against using natural products, especially around home and the kidlins, but I'm not going to spend extra money just to be "environmentally friendly." How about these items being financially friendly?


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