Going Green: It's Never Black & White

I love a good list, and I love myths debunked, so CNN got my attention with this one: "Green Myths Debunked." Some of the ideas they explore, like using plastic in the microwave, reflect beliefs I already have, right or wrong. Guess what? They say it's not a great idea, even if the plastic's "microwave safe," something my Mom's hammered into our brains since we got our first microwave (Which we still have. Seriously. It's got to be 20 years old.).

But others are more complex. For instance, some people reject energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs because they're made with mercury. Sounds reasonable, yeah? Sayeth CNN:

Reality: Yes, but not using them will pour even more mercury into our ecosystem.

Say what? Explain, please.

"But if you care about mercury — and you should," says John Rogers, an energy analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists, "the best thing is to cut down on your electricity, and CFLs are a great way to do that." (The leading source of mercury emissions in the U.S. is coal-fired power plants.)

Considering that CFLs consume up to 75% less electricity than traditional light bulbs, using them decreases the mercury in the atmosphere. According to Energy Star, a 60-watt incandescent bulb adds 5.8 milligrams of mercury into the environment over its lifetime, vs. 1.8 milligrams for a comparable CFL

You don't say! There are quite a few "say what?" moments in the slideshow, so click through and maybe re-think a few things. I know I am!



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