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About Healthy Living Technology

Ring around the lightbulbHealthy Living Technology was started in 1998 with a focus on state-of-the-art air and water purification products. Full spectrum, energy-efficient lighting was added in 1999.

We have been providing southwest Michigan and parts of Indiana with quality products for over twelve years.

Our mission is to provide our clients with technological innovations that help them to live a healthier lifestyle that reduces the negative impact of modern living. By reducing energy usage now we save resources for future generations.

Education is also an important part of our mission. We hope that by teaching people about the importance of energy-efficiency we can reduce the need for building new power plants, reduce toxic emissions into our environment, and save natural resources for generations to come.

Most of our products on this site are made right here in the US, except the compact fluorescent bulbs. We focus on US-made products whenever possible, but always go with the best quality products we can find. We added the compact fluorescents because of all of the recently increased plans to build more coal-fired power plants when we really need to be reducing our energy use, especially that generated through the burning of fossil fuels.

We are concerned about the effects these power plants have on global warming due to the excessive greenhouse gas emissions. Especially harmful is the effect on our locally-produced food due to the large amounts of toxic mercury that are emitted by the smokestacks of these plants. This mercury then falls to the ground or is washed out of the air by rain, contaminating our environment.

How can we produce safe, healthy food when these coal-fired power plants are dumping toxic mercury into the water and on the organic plants and animals we eat?

Our main lighting supplier, Technical Consumer Products (TCP) is a U.S. company with their own manufacturing facilities in China. TCP is a world leader in compact fluorescent technology. They produce over 70 product lines for other companies including GE, Phillips, Sylvania, Westinghouse, as well as the NVision line for HomeDepot, using the specifications dictated by those companies. None of the other product lines has the same high-quality specifications and components as TCP’s own name-brand line. So even though these other compact fluorescent lights are made by TCP they are not as high quality as the TCP brand. TCP brand compact fluorescent lights are one of our main lighting products. TCP brands are indicated by product name on the shopping page.

Two important environmental issues we feel strongly about are global warming (climate change) and toxic mercury in our environment. The best way we can help with both of these is through increased energy efficiency in our electrical products and decreased usage of electricity from coal-fired power plants. Compact fluorescent bulbs are a good, simple way to do both of these things.

A compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) can produce the same amount of light as an incandescent for less than one-fourth of the energy and last 15 to 20 times as long. A switch to CFLs would save an average household over $50 a year in electricity.

Because of these benefits, CFLs are widely seen as an “easy” first step for people seeking to reduce global warming. The burning of coal for electrical power is a major source of atmospheric carbon dioxide, which is now widely believed to be changing the earth’s climate. Most electricity in the midwest is produced by coal-fired power plants.

According to a recent report by the Washington, D.C.-based Earth Policy Institute, a worldwide shift to CFLs could lead to the closing of more than 270 coal-fired power plants; in the U.S. alone this could save the energy output of 80 plants.

For environmentalists, the persuasive argument is that by requiring less energy, CFLs will actually cut down on mercury pollution produced by coal burning, and EPA agrees.

“By using less electricity, CFLs help reduce mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants, which are the largest source of human-caused mercury emissions in the United States,” says EPA press officer Ernest Jones.

Because CFLs contain a small amount mercury* they need to be used and disposed of in a responsible manner. The best option for managing a spent CFL is to recycle it.

*The amount of mercury in one CFL is less than 1/100th of the amount in the average "amalgam" filling that the dentist puts in your tooth.

Home Depot now accepts CFLs for recycling, or go to:

http://www.earth911.org/usa/master.asp