I enjoy finding new lights that are fun and creative. I like them even better when they use sustainable design practices and are energy efficient. That’s why I find these little gems by Fire and Water, a division of Bergworks GBM irresistable.
Most of the materials they use in their lighting fixtures are recycled glass and plastic, scrap metal and a biocomposite made of recycled newsprint and soy flour. Their products are also manufactured for recyclability. They can easily be dismantled at the end of their life and recycled. The lights are manufactured to utilize dimmable flourescent light sources which is a most desirable feature.
It seems these days the buzz is all about Green Design. Products from flooring to bath towels are made of bamboo. Napkins and coffee filters are made from hemp. Recycled glass is everywhere. It is incorporated into countertops, tiles, hardware and serveware. I absolutely fell in love with this glassware from VivaTerra because it doesn’t look recycled. It is very sophisticated.
What could be better than being stylish and environmentally friendly?
Did you know that not all CFLs can be used with a dimmer and that some can not be used in an enclosed lamp? Peggy links to a wonderful page on the Enviromental Defense website that finds the right bulb for your needs. This is definitely a page to bookmark.
One last note, CFLs contain mercury (about 5 milligrams) and should not be thrown into your household garbage. To find out what to do first check the Earth 911 website (where you can find disposal options by using your zip code for everything from paint to televisions) or call 1-877-EARTH911 for local disposal options.
If you live near an IKEA, you are in luck, they offer CFL recycling bins in stores across the world. In their fiscal 2006 year, IKEA recycled 156,301 pounds of CFLs.