How to Make a Mini Terrarium from an Incandescent Light Bulb

| 6/17/2015 9:17:00 AM

Tags: upcycling, recycling, terrarium, home decorating, California, Molly Daly,


Occasionally, there can be unintentional side effects from switching to more appropriate choices. For example, when incandescent light bulbs are replaced with more efficient and longer lasting technology (such as LEDs and CFLs), waste is created. As more people choose to reduce their energy consumption and buy newer, energy-saving light bulbs, more incandescents are disposed of.

PowerSave Campus, a program working on California university campuses to increase energy efficiency, presented Humboldt State University students with a way to divert incandescent light bulb waste by hosting a terrarium-making workshop, where students could up-cycle their incandescents into something new: mini terrariums! 

PowerSave Campus set up a table at the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology and provided materials (incandescents, plants, tools) for students to use. The workshop had a huge turnout. The workshop encouraged students to swap out incandescent bulbs for a more efficient type of light taught students how to turn their incandescents into terrariums at home.

CFL and LED light bulbs use 10-20 percent of the energy of an incandescent and have a much longer lifespan, which compounds the monetary and energy savings.

How to Make a Mini Terrarium

1. Remove the metal plate from the bottom of the bulb by twisting it up and pulling the small metal piece out.

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