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Here are 10 great Earth Day ideas from the editors of Mother Earth News magazine. Accept our Earth Day Challenge ? share them with your friends and family.


1. CHOOSE AN EFFICIENT RIDE
by Bryan Welch, Publisher





2. SUSTAINABLE LAWN CARE (AND FREE ORGANIC FERTILIZER)
by Cheryl Long, Editor in Chief







3. CHECK TIRE PRESSURE; IMPROVE FUEL ECONOMY
by John Rockhold, Managing Editor



Union of Concerned Scientists



4. TURN YOUR GARBAGE INTO GREAT GARDEN SOIL
by Megan Phelps, Senior Associate Editor



how to compost

5. STOP JUNK MAIL
by Scott Hollis, Associate Editor



www.dmaconsumers.org

6. PROGRAM YOUR FURNACE TO SAVE
by Charles Higginson, Associate Editor





7. A WIN-WIN APPROACH TO EATING
by Tabitha Alterman, Associate Editor



People are eating locally.

Local Harvest

8. SAVE WITH COMPACT FLUORESCENT LIGHT BULBS
by Heidi Hunt, Assistant Editor





and

9. CLEAN OUT THE CLOSET AND REDUCE LANDFILL WASTE
by Stephanie Lingafelter, Assistant Editor



The Freecycle Networkwww.freecycle.org

10. REUSE AND RECYCLE E-TRASH
by Katie Moyer, Editorial Intern








International Association of Electronics Recyclers
Earth 911
EIA Consumer Education Initiative


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lobsterpond.com
3/8/2007 12:00:00 AM

Speaking of "SUSTAINABLE LAWN CARE", I just found out mowing your lawn for an hour is equal in emmissions to driving your car for 10 hours. Lawns that reuire no mowing, less watering and thrive on less chemicals are definitely worth looking into. . . not mention the added peace and quiet.


saripaka bhargavi
2/3/2007 12:00:00 AM

give as many tips as u can give to save our wonderful planet "the earth" n keep it neet n tidy as v keep ourselves............


k miller
8/23/2006 12:00:00 AM

I just wanted to chime in. I agree with IDesi that people need to learn how to turn off their lights alone with other electronic devises. Alot still use power even if turned off. Put electrical items that still use electricity on a power strip that you can turn off easily and save.I know some of you are "fighting" with IDesi's opinions but I saw YOU GO!! We need more people with that kind of passion to make changes.


jrockhold
7/14/2006 12:00:00 AM

www.grist.org/advice/ask/2006/07/10/cfl-recycling/index.html?source=daily


motherreader
5/26/2006 12:00:00 AM

I see that you have posted a link to the National Wildlife Federation Web site. On that page, NWF discusses the mercury in fluorescent lights, not compact fluorescent light bulbs. In fact, the NWF promotes the use of these superefficient bulbs. See http://www.nwf.org/nationalwildlife/article.cfm?issueID=74&articleID=1058You might also be interested in reading a relevant commentary on the mercury inside CFLs from the online environmental magazine, Grist. Go to: http://www.grist.org/advice/ask/2003/01/16/umbra-mercury/index.html


irene desi
5/26/2006 12:00:00 AM

no...you don't get it.even in compact fluorecent bulbs, mercury is dangerous, the manufacture, the use, and yes even the disposal is bad. It accumulates whether you take it to a facility, it still gets buried or dumped somewhere and gets into the ground.It your lamp falls over and breaks, it's a hazard, yes even a miniscule amount is dangerous.you can't sweep it, you shouldn't vacum it either.Hope your kids don't break it. """"" I see that you have posted a link to the National Wildlife Federation Web site. On that page, NWF discusses the mercury in fluorescent lights, not compact fluorescent light bulbs. In fact, the NWF promotes the use of these superefficient bulbs. See http://www.nwf.org/nationalwildlife/article.cfm?issueID=74&articleID=1058 """"AS FAR AS THE ARTICLE, 1 IT WAS WRITTEN LAST YEAR, 2. IT WAS PROBABLY DONE BY ANOTHER AUTHOR THAT DIDN'T DO ENOUGH HOMEWORK AND WAS GOING ON WHAT MOST OTHER ARTICLES WERE OR ARE PREACHING, without taking into account the long term use of it and the fact that it's the second most toxic metal on earth. No matter what you say, mercury is toxic, in even miniscule amounts, millions of lightbulbs, of which will most likely just wind up in people's kitchen garbage bags, are a bad idea. If it was no big deal than they shouldn't have to put the warning "contains toxic mercury" on the package.You will never change the fact that it is toxic and it is bad. LEARN TO SHUT THE LIGHT OFF AND WORK ON GETTING SOME SOLAR POWER HOOKED UP. :O)


irene desi
5/25/2006 12:00:00 AM

The following link gives many good reasons NOT TO USE COMPACT FLUORESCENT LIGHT BULBS!!!!!!http://www.nwf.org/mercury/


mike scarpati
3/29/2006 12:00:00 AM

For years we have taken the dehumidifier water from our basement and used it to flush our toilets. water our plants, and wash our cars. During the spring and summer months we get quite a few gallons of water a week. Sometime we get too much!! I've teased my wife that we could put the water through the water purifier and drink it too. She doesn't like that idea


irene desi
3/20/2006 12:00:00 AM

I'm sorry even with a minimal risk, mercury is mercury. MERCURY IS THE SECOND MOST TOXIC METAL ON EARTH !!!!!!!!!!!!!! NEVER would I buy such a thing. I would stick to conserving energy by shutting off any unneccesary appliances.Secondly, you refer to not sweeping it, what if my child is the one who knocks the lamp over by accident. How different of an impact is that? It's still an enviormental hazard, and even if the amount is that small, it's still harmful.Its sounds like a bad idea to me.Mercury is unneccesary in any form in any product. We shouldn't manufacture it for anything. Tell me what kind of pollution comes out of the manufacturing process of these lightbulbs???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


johnrockhold
3/19/2006 12:00:00 AM

CFL bulbs contain a tiny amount of vaporous mercury that helps them light. The amount is about 4 milligrams, about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. In comparison, it would take more than 100 CFLs to equal the amount of mercury found in one thermometer. If you accidentally break a CFL bulb, the glass is more dangerous to you than the mercury. Wear gloves and clean up the glass and any liquid or vapor with a wet rag, do not sweep the area. The Environmental Protection Agency allows CFLs to be throw away with regular trash, but they should not be incinerated. It would take hundreds of CFLs to release enough mercury to pose a significant danger to our water supply. Local regulations may require CFLs to be recycled or disposed of at a household hazardous waste facility. Check with your local household hazardous waste management or recycling center. Overall, the energy savings of compact fluorescent light bulbs FAR outweigh their minimal mercury risks.


irene desi
3/14/2006 12:00:00 AM

7. SAVE WITH COMPACT FLUORESCENT LIGHT BULBSby Heidi Hunt, Assistant EditorWhy are people recommending these light bulbs?Have you read the package?!! They contain MERCURY!!!!!!I would never buy them! That's all we need, more mercury in the water shed.