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Researchers find safe way to deal with broken CFLs

July 2, 2008
Posted in Green News

Compact fluorescent lightbulbs are one of the easiest ways to reduce energy consumption, but there are concerns about their safety because of the small amounts of mercury (3 to 5 milligrams) CFLs contain. The mercury can be released as a vapour when the bulbs are broken. It can also reportedly escape from plastic bags containing discarded bulbs, which poses environmental problems with the disposal and storage.

Researchers at Brown University in the United States report that they have discovered a nanomaterial that can absorb the mercury emitted from a broken CFL. They have created a mercury-absorbent lining that can be used in CFL packaging. Read more