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Mercury-free Thermometers

Mercury-free Thermometers

To this day I remember how fun it was as a child to play with
the ball of mercury that was rolling around on the floor
after the glass fever thermometer broke. I was sad when it
finally got lost somewhere. Now that I know how toxic mercury
is to practically every organ system of the body, including the
brain, it is a wonder I am still alive and able to think. Now,
Minnesota is leading the way to ban sales of mercury thermometers.

Disposal of thermometers is a major source of mercury emissions,
according to Health Care Without Harm, an international
coalition concerned about the environmental impacts of
health care. In praising the Minnesota law they note that,

“Once mercury enters the environment, microorganisms in lakes
and rivers convert it to the more toxic methylmercury, where
it builds up in fish and wildlife. … Most human exposure to
mercury comes through eating fish. Pregnant women, women of
childbearing age, and young children are particularly at risk
from mercury exposure. In fact, the National Academy of Sciences
noted in a recent report that more than 60,000 children annually
may be at risk for learning disabilities because of
mercury-contaminated fish eaten by their mothers during pregnancy.
Over 90% of the Minnesota lakes and rivers that have been tested
receive fish consumption advisories due to mercury contamination,
totaling over 800 in 2000.”

What You Can Do:
Retailers and pharmacy chains that only sell mercury-free
Thermometers as of September 2000 include: Rite-Aid,
K-Mart, Brooks, Target, Wal-Mart, Albertson, Kinney,
Toys ‘R’ Us, Safety First, The First Years, and Meijers.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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8:39PM PST on Dec 29, 2011

Thank you.

12:20PM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

Unfortunately, I've found that the only thermometer I have that's accurate is the mercury one! I guard it fanatically so that it never breaks.

5:24AM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

great !!

3:31PM PDT on May 5, 2011


12:46AM PST on Jan 22, 2011

Thanks for the article.

5:56AM PST on Jan 4, 2011

The ban is long over due, we have other safer options. We need to look into making this a nation wide ban.

10:40AM PST on Dec 16, 2010


1:08AM PDT on Oct 6, 2010

I read a while ago that the latest greatest idea of long-life electric light bulbs is not so great after all, as they all contain mercury, which is problematic when it comes to discarding them in landfills. Is there any progress in the invention of a mercury-free long-life light bulb?
I'm a vegetarian, I'm not having any more children, and I don't live in Minnesota. but, having bought mercury-free thermometers to protect my children, I don't want to be killed by a light bulb.

3:23AM PDT on Apr 13, 2010

Thanks for sharing the information

6:21PM PDT on Apr 10, 2010

Thanks for the information.

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