Outdoor Air Pollution: A Silent Indoor Killer?

Depending on where you live and what the outdoor pollution levels are like, that pollution is very rarely becoming indoor air pollution on a daily basis, thanks to your air conditioner. Smog-laden cities are some of the most dangerous, of course, but low smog areas can be deceiving. If the city is overall low in pollution, but your house is near a factory, that could still be a big problem? Why? Because of our air conditioning systems that bring in outside air, we're getting a variety of pollutants added to our indoor air, while we sleep for at least 6-8 hours a day, 7 days a week – pollutants that are proven to cause disease. And unfortunately, even the best air conditioner filters are not able to stop them.

So many of us deal with physical conditions or illnesses that seem to just be getting worse or just show up 'out of nowhere'. Well, those small amounts of pollutants coming into our lungs and into the blood on a very consistent basis do build up and cause issues, especially if your kids or liver is not working at optimal levels (like about 80% of adults). And there are some chemicals that tend to get lodged in the brain, where it's very difficult to remove them, even with proper chelation therapy.

And even if you feel pretty good most of the time, do not notice anything, etc., that's great! But consider that we do become 'nose blind' to a lot of smells (like the Febreze commercial says) and do not notice them. Plus there are a variety of chemical pollutants (and micro-particles) that are colorless, tasteless and odorless, such as carbon monoxide in car exhaust. Is it not there just because you can not smell it anymore? If you've got a smog or factory pollution outside, it very likely is there, and if you keep breathing it, it will probably start robbing oxygen from your body and that leads to dysfunction. And at some point, that pollution becomes a silent indoor killer, shortening our lives to one degree or another.

The good news? There are simple ways to make sure you and your family are not breathing this stuff. First, do not live where outdoor pollution is high. If you do not want to move or have to live near polluted areas, your next best line of defense is a quality whole home air filtration system that attaches to the air duct duct, which removes airborne pollutants with activated carbon and HEPA filters. Or, you can have one or more portable air cleaners running in your home with those same types of filters.

Either way, if you simply let a good air cleaner 'breathe' these pollutants, you will not have to. Essentially, you can use a filter or 'be' the filter. Your choice. And you can bet that you'll severely reduce the chances of any illnesses for you and your family, and you'll very likely have noticeably more energy on a daily basis. Not to mention, you'll probably lower your monthly expenses related to medications, doctor visits, boxes of Kleenex and other areas.

If you want to enjoy your best health, keeping outdoor pollution from short-circuiting your efforts (like all the other things you normally do to protect yourself) is worth thinking about. It's your move.

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The Importance of Commercial Waste Disposal

In recent years we became more aware than ever that extreme amounts of waste are produced from different sources and it is not always re-processed or disposed of in a proper, environmentally friendly way. This of course, leads to harming the environment which causes land and water pollution.

The accumulated waste, be it residential, or commercial, is growing each year and must always always re-processed in order to protect the nature and work towards sustainability. The best way to handle this problem is to recycle it and use it again.

Recycling and Commercial Waste Disposal

The process of transforming used old materials into new raw materials and using them to create new products is called recycling. It is aimed to reduce the usage of raw materials which will lead to decrease if energy consumption and air and water pollution will be avoided.

Businesses and industries in the capital create a lot of waste that needs to be disposed of. The modern world, based on consumption requires new and more products to be manufactured in order to meet people's needs. But this inevitably leads to increasing the waste generation and this is the moment when it is shown that proper commercial disposal is critical for the environment.

It is important for industries to ensure a proper way of discarding of their waste, because otherwise they could be fined by the council.

Find the Reliable Commercial Waste Carrier

When searching for a rubbish removal company to handle your commercial waste, know that there are ways to make sure that the commercial waste company is reprocessing and disposing of the waste properly:

  1. Employ a trusted commercial waste management carrier
  2. Check if the company has the required authorizations to do the work

There are also some benefits of using a licensed commercial waste disposal company:

  • Work and scheduling is as per client's requirements, this saves you a lot of hassles.
  • Respected waste management providers offer reasonable rates for corporate waste disposal
  • Possibilities for discounts if a business is a regular client

You should really have the above in mind when you plan to hire a waste management company to handle your commercial waste. And when you are done with your research and have chosen one, you will be sure that your waste is disposed of in an eco-friendly way, without harming the environment and avoiding polluting the water and soil, and also avoiding fines from council.

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Solar Power Is a Viable Source of Energy

Solar power has increasingly become a cost effective means of producing energy in the home. Let’s take a look at the different aspects of solar energy systems and the reasons why it is an effective source of energy.

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Is Our Food Chain Poisoning Us?

Ever increasing illnesses, such as diabetes 2, heart disease and even the rise of obesity may be caused by the way that we treat our food chain. New pesticides, the processing of our foods and the additives that are added to them by large companies. They are more interested in their profit margins than the people that actually consume their goods. I admit that my views may not be for everyone. Maybe I am wrong? But what if I am right? Where are we heading with our technological breakthroughs that are aimed at our food chain?

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3 Important Considerations to Make When Purchasing an Air Purifier

Did you know that the air that you breathe inside your home is in most cases more polluted than the air that you breathe outside? Now that you do, you will also realize that you probably spend most of your daily life indoors. Being exposed to this poor quality of air for long periods of time puts us at risk of variety of different ailments such as asthma, allergies, and many other types of respiratory issues.

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Dead Tired? Chemicals in Your Mattress Might Be Affecting Your Health

We all know that sleep is crucial for a healthy body and mind. While we sleep, our bodies repair and restore themselves. We go to bed tired and wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the new day. We open our eyes with a smile on our face and a song in our heart! Wait … what? I usually wake up feeling just as tired as I was when my head hit the pillow. It takes me several minutes to pry my eyes open and convince myself it's time to get up. I kind of roll out of bed and stumble to the bathroom moaning with each step. Sound familiar?

I'm not saying our mattresses are the total cause of our less-than-thrilling start to each new day, but I am sure they are a contributing factor. The chemicals that are approved for use in mattresses are absolutely shocking to me! These chemicals are found in other things in our homes as well, but since my mouth and nose are pressed into the mattress for 7-8 hours every night (with my leg flung over the edge of the bed and my arm flung over my husband's face ), I thought it best to start there.

I could not find an exact list of what manufacturers are using in mattresses and the chemicals involved because they did not want to reveal their “trade secrets” (that in itself is a bit scary!). However, here are a few of the chemicals they do own up to.

Polyurethane foam:

A petroleum-based material that emits volatile organic compounds that can cause respiratory problems and skin irritation.

Formaldehyde:

Used in most mattresses and has been linked to asthma, allergies, lung, nose and throat CANCERS.

Flame Retardants:

Every mattress Has to have flame retardants due to US laws. Most manufacturers use chemical flame retardants. The most toxic of these, PBDEs, have been voluntarily discontinued by US and EU manufacturers (after allowing it for YEARS!). Chlorinated Tris is sometimes used, which has been linked with CANCER and fertility side effects. Another common chemical flame retardant is Antimony, which has been linked to pneumoconiosis, altered electrocardiograms, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach ulcers.

Pesticides:

Cotton is one of the most chemical-intensive crops in the world. This cotton is then used in mattresses. Pesticides can cause CANCER and nervous-system disorders.

Adhesives:

Almost all adhesives contain potentially hazardous chemicals that can contribute to chemical off-gassing, and some of which have been linked to CANCER and HORMONE DISRUPTION. A solvent based adhesive can have nearly 50 different toxic chemicals!

Why are these chemicals allowed you might ask.

The sad fact is, chemicals are allowed UNTIL they are found unsafe. Think about lead paint for a moment. When lead is absorbed into the body, it can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs, like the kidneys, nerves and blood. Lead may also cause behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures and in extreme cases, DEATH. Lead paint for household use was finally banned in the US and the UK in 1978. Lead paint is just one example. A couple other toxins that are now banned for certain uses are Asbestos which leads to malignant and life-threatening health issues and PCBs which has now been found to be a probable human cancer-causing or cancer-promoting agent, and has been linked to neurotoxicity , reproductive and developmental toxicity, immune system suppression, liver damage, skin irritation, and endocrine disruption. Think about all those years we were exposed to these toxins, the illnesses and even deaths that caused before the agencies set up to protect us finally said Whoa, this is REALLY bad for humans !!!

I do not know about you, but I just do not trust that the agencies set up to protect us from toxic chemicals are able to do that. In order to truly test if a substance will have negative health effects over an extended period of time, it would take YEARS of testing. Obviously they are not tested for years before they are okay for the consumer since new chemicals are created and introduced into consumer products at a staggering pace! Not to mention, chemicals are tested one at a time when in reality, most of the chemicals we come into contact with are mixed with many other chemicals.

How many of the chemicals found in the mattress you're sleeping on will be parked somewhere down the road? How many years will you be breathing them in the mean time?

So how do we avoid these chemically laden mattresses?

The answer is easy: use an organic mattress. A truly organic mattress does not contain any of the chemicals I listed above. Instead, they are made with natural latex from the rubber tree, organic cotton that has not been sprayed with pesticides or cleaned with toxic chemicals and untreated wool that acts as a NATURAL fire-retardant. They are more expensive than chemical cocktail mattresses, but in my opinion, my health and the health of my family is worth it. Will I have pep in my step in the morning when I wake up? I'm not sure, but I know I will certainly sleep a little more soundly on an organic mattress. Now, on to research the chemicals in my cleaning products …

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Say NO to Chemicals in Your Life – 3 Reasons to Go GREEN and Be Chemical Free!

Going Green, Detoxing, Chemical-Free, All-Natural, Organic … What's all the fuss about? It's cheaper and easier to get the non-organic fruit and veggies, and chemical-filled cleaners, right? Well, sure, if you do not count your medical expenses in the future as part of the cost of life. How much are you willing to spend now, in order to make sure that you are healthy and disease-free in the future? How much is your life, your children's 'lives, and your pets' lives worth? Are they worth a few extra dollars to get the organic food and cut out chemicals now, or thousands of dollars to get rid of some terrible disease in the future that you could have prevented by “going green”?

Here are the three main reasons I've chosen to take all of the chemicals out of my house: Triclosan, Propylene Glycol, and Parabens. What language is this? English, I think, or maybe scientific names that originate from Latin, but we use them in English. Really, we do! Pick up any toothpaste, deodorant, cleaner, lotion, hair care, etc. in your house, and you will see these words, or variations of these words. The problem is, no one knows what they mean. If people knew what they meant, people would not be using the products! Here is the “Cliff's Notes” version of each of these chemicals.

Triclosan –

· Pesticide

· Used in almost every antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer

· Affects male and female hormones (thyroid)

· Contributes to antibiotic strains such as MRSA

TRICLOSAN is in soap and hand sanitizer? Is not that in hospitals, every teacher's bedroom, purses of every mom in the amusement park, and hooked to your child's binder in a easy to access little pocket-size bottle? Have you ever squirted that stuff into your hands at the store before grabbing a shopping cart, or use those lovely little wipe things at WalMart? By trying to kill bacteria, viruses, and the flu, we have actually been slowly poisoning ourselves. Not only that, but the Food and Drug Administration has done studies and actually says that trisclosan is no better than regular soap and water! The FDA states that, “At this time, the FDA does not have evidence that triclosan added to antibacterial soaps and body washes provides extra health benefits over soap and water. . ” On top of the fact that triclosan is no better than soap and water, the FDA has cited that in their research and experimentation, triclosan has serious side effects! For example, the FDA website states that, “Animal studies have shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation. However, data showing effects in animals do not always predict effects in humans. resistant to antibiotics. ” In review, using this chemical alters animal hormones and assists bacteria fight against the antibiotic we are using to try to kill it? Does anyone else see the iron here? In order to kill germs, we are actually poisoning ourselves and helping the germs to mutate enough to thrive!

Propylene Glycol

· Found in cleaners, deodorants, toothpastes, detergents

· Linked to kidney damage

· Used as commercial antifreeze

· Can damage cell membranes (rashes, dry skin, surface damage, premature aging effects)

What do SMOKE MACHINES, ANTIFREEZE and YOUR TOOTHPASTE all have in common? You guessed it, PROPYLENE GLYCOL! As you clean your bathroom and kitchen counter (where you prepare food), you are smearing around a chemical that is effects many body systems including the skin, kidneys, and respiratory. Hopefully, you do not have any pets or kids that crawl around on the floor you just mopped, because they are picking up that propylene glycol on their tiny hands, feet, and paws, and then putting them in their tiny mouths. Moreover, washing the dirt off your clothes with detergents is necessary, but should it be at the expense of your kidneys and skin?

Not only is propylene glycol in our cleaners and detergents, but it is also in products that we put IN and ON our bodies. That's right, everyday, you are brushing your teeth with the same toxin found in antifreeze. Do not forget that as you are putting deodorant under your arms, you are likely causing kidney damage and cell damage. The FDA states that, “Propylene glycol can be ingested over long periods of time and in substantial quantities (up to 5 percent of the total food intake) without causing frank toxic effects … At lethal or near lethal doses (6 g per kg) or more), however, it has been reported to cause kidney damage in several species and toe deformities in chicks. ” As a mother of young children, I have a problem with giving my children a toothpaste (that they accidently swallow most of the time) that may cause toe deformities in the future.

Parabens

· Endocrine disruptors

· Used as a preservative and germicide

· Found in most skin care products, lotions, creams, and deodorants

· Found in breast cancer tumors

· Banned in Japan, Sweden, and under review in the UK

How many men are looking for a bit more estrogen in their systems? Adding some parabens by way of deodorant to your body is the way to do it! Wash it down with some GMO soy, and you're all set. Chemicals that lead to kidney damage, and chemicals that lead to higher amounts of estrogen and breast cancer? It makes you think about what else is in the deodorant you use on a daily basis, does not it? Not only that, but all the lotions, creams, skin care products that women spend hundreds of dollars on are full of these toxins too? The FDA states that “A study published in 2004 (Darbre, in the Journal of Applied Toxicology) detected parabens in breast tumors. However, the study left several questions unanswered … The FDA believes that at the present time there is no reason for consumers to be concerned about the use of cosmetics containing parabens. this area. ” The US FDA says we should not be too concerned, but countries like Japan and Sweden have banned parabens, and the UK is putting serious thought into doing the same.

Choose to Live Chemical Fee

I have thrown away all my hand sanitizer and antibacterial-marketed soaps, deodorants, cleaners, detergents, toothpaste, lotions, skin care, and cleaners! That's right! I just thread them out! Does that mean that I'm now some unclean, unhygienic person, with stinky, dirty children? No! I have found “green”, organic, all-natural, chemical free products to use instead.

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Clean Water Tips and Your Water Filtration System

Everyone drinks it, whether it's good or bad. In fact, without it you will be dead in a few days. So what is so important with it being clean? Knowing what is good can help you stay healthy.

Natural Minerals

How many chemicals are you actually drinking? Check your local distribution office and ask for their quality report. All public works have these reports that give information about how much Arsenic, Barium, Chromium, Selenium, etc. are in your glass. If you look at your daily multivitamin, many of these same minerals are found. However, they still should be avoided as they pose health risks to those who ingest too much of them.

Added Chemicals

We drink many chemicals everyday because they are added to what we drink. This does not mean the chemicals are safe to drink but that after treatment it is much safer when treated than untreated. For example, Chlorine kills Salmonella and E. coli, and it also can kill many viruses. Taking a drink that has Salmonella or E. coli. present is just as dangerous as eating uncooked meat. Your water filtration system rides it of Chlorine after it has killed the bacteria, ensuring it is safe.

BPA

Bisphenol A or BPA is a chemical that poses health risks to infants and children. Being used heavily in many bottles until a few years ago, check that your favorite bottle does not contain it. If in doubt, throw it out. Many companies manufactured with this chemical and have since created non-BPA versions of their product. Look for the BPA free sticker when buying. Check with your filter manufacturer to see if it filters BPA.

At Home

American plumbing actually contributes to impurities with the products it uses to plumb modern homes. Many contain iron, copper, silicon and other non-organic matter that is harmful when ingested. Often the glue or solder used when putting pipes together is known to cause adverse effects. Be aware of getting an analysis done today!

Get a Quality Assessment

Be sure that you are drinking clean liquids before buying a water filtration system by getting an analysis done. Check your local listing under water quality. Many companies will come to your house and do an analysis and tell you what exactly you are drinking. Once you have this information you will be able to pick the correct product for your needs.

Safety

By far, the safest is distilled. Distilled water goes through a process known as distillation that can be compared to a distiller used for making alcohol. It is placed in the distiller and them boiled, the condensation then goes through the top, leaving harmful chemicals behind and coming out clean. Most of us do not have a distiller or want to buy distilled water so filtering with your water filtration system is the next safest thing.

Overall, what your drink is very important. Be sure you know what is in it and take steps to ingest the best.

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Consume Purified Filtered Water for That Precious Health

To fetch the positive convenience of modernity we, the humans, are often found to be contaminating the environment. Hence, we might be receiving the supremacy of remarkable inventions and various other facets but are void of purity and cleanness. A potent reason for which the ability to consume the most necessary untainted drinking water is a big hurdle today.

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6 Reasons You Need To Use a Water Filter

There's no hiding from the fact that water is good for you. Our bodies are made up of 60% water and it's the number one nutrient for our bodies. It's also key to removing toxins. But not all water is the same. In fact your everyday tap water is likely to be full of nastiness which could be doing your body more harm than good.

Reduce The Chlorine Taste & Smell:

Chlorine is not just found at your local swimming pool, it is also commonly used to disinfect tap water. According to one source, chlorine has been used as a chemical disinfectant in water supplies for over 100 years.

By using a water filter jug ​​which is combined with a decent carbon filter, you can reduce the amount of chlorine found in the water you're drinking, and this will consider improve the taste too.

Remove Germs From Dirty Pipes:

The H2O from your taps has to travel a significant way through pipe work underground to get to your home, and as you may expect, all pipes have a thin film of rust. Whilst this rust – and other dirt you may find – is harmless in small quantities, it can have a detrimental effect on the taste.

Using a water filter jug ​​can help you remove impurities from your water and helps increase the taste.

Add Those Essential Minerals:

All H2O from our taps will have been purified at a specialist water works, to ensure any potential contaminants are removed. However, during this process some essential minerals can be removed meaning our water is not as good for us as we may think.

Reverse osmosis, which uses a semi-permeable membrane to remove larger particles can also remove essential minerals from the water, hindering its health benefits. But, with the right type of water filter, these minerals – such as magnesium, which plays a vital role in the body such as controlling blood pressure and maintaining insulin sensitivity – can be put back into the water. This in turn advances the health benefits offered by a glass of water.

Improve The Taste of Your Food:

From pasta and rice, to corn on the cob, broccoli and spinach, there's a lot of food which we cook using water from the tap. Yet the taste of this food can be compromised by the impurities found in everyday tap water.

By filtering it before cooking with it, not only can you remove the impurities in the water but you can also ensure the food you're cooking tastes as it should.

Keep Your Kettle Clean:

Water, no matter how hard or soft will contain traces of limescale which overtime will hinder the performance of your kettle, increasing your energy bills each time the kettle is used. Limescale will also hinder the taste of your water.

By using a water filter jug ​​to filter your water first, you can reduce those impurities which lead to a build up of limescale – due to filters acting as a water softener – and in turn slowdown the build up of limescale in your kettle, helping keep your kettle clean and ensure your cuppa tastes as good as it should.

Save Money … And Help The Environment:

As we all continue our search for great tasting H2O, many of us are opting to buy bottled water contents which are sourced from various valleys. But with the average person in the UK drinking over 37 liters of water a year, purchasing a water bottle every time we want to drink water when at work or out and about can work out expensive.

A cheaper alternative is to purchase a water filter jug ​​and enjoy the freshness of filtered water whenever you want it. Switching from bottled water to a water filter is also better on the environment, as less plastic bottles will need to be used – reducing the amount of greenhouse gases produced.

So if you want to enjoy the taste of fresh, clean and healthy water, you're looking to drink a healthy amount of water without it costing you a fortune and you want to reduce the impact limitscale has on your kettle then invest in a water filter jug ​​- and begin tasting the difference today.

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Ensure a New Lease of Life for the Patients With Medical Plumbing Services

The sanitation of your house or commercial space is of prime importance for the safety and health issues. It is equally vital to keep your environment free from the transmittable virus and germs. Apart from the residential spaces, the most affected areas that call for the attention of the plumbing services are the hospitals and medical care centers. This is where the need for the medical plumbing comes in. Innumerable patients are deal with on a daily basis. They enter the laboratories for urine, stool, blood and other body fluids sample tests regularly. In such circumstances, the patient's treatment can be hampered if the waste disposal and cesspit lines get clogged due to garbage and wastes. It can also lead to the complete damage of the sewer system. The professional medical plumbing service includes all the safety standards, tools and devices obligatory and critical for the medical amenities.

The dirty drains or sewage system can be the foundation of germs, fungus, bacteria, mildew, molds, etc. which can be unsafe for the patients and their family present there. Hiring a proficient medical plumbing service team can help in eradicating the problems from the root. The hot and cold running water and the drainage system are the two necessities in any big or small medical center. If the drain or water facilities are disrupted for any reason, it may affect the smooth running of the organization as well as cause numerous problems for the patients. For installation of gas supply, water heaters or for cleaning gutters and unblocking the drainage system, a professional plumber can be of immunity help. You may hire specialized medical plumbing assistance to keep the atmosphere of the hospitals clean and pollution free which are vital in keeping the patients fit and healthy.

The utilization of dynamic maintenance techniques like the installation of plumbing tools that helps in reducing the bills for water and energy costs is now available with the medical plumbing services. The go green methods are used to benefit your organization in the long run. Although the green plumbing tools are little more on the expensive side, you can ensure a safer, cleaner, and more sustainable surroundings that are required for the well-being of any patient in the medical centers. A professional service provider has plumbers who are insured and bonded and so, completely dependable and trusted. A professional team of medical plumbing is experts in using most modern equipment and tools to clean the leaky pipes, clogged drains, or maintenance of the organization's fittings and the total drainage system.

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Eco-Friendly, Eco-Safe, Naturally Pure? Let’s Clarify The “Green” Terminology Out There Today

There are many over used and often misused words and phrases that have to do with products and services lumped under the umbrella-term 'green'.

Nearly everyone associates 'green' with good and many manufacturers apply similar terms to describe their products and services. There is even some confusion as to what exactly is good in terms of the environment and ecology.

Let's look at some of the familiar terms used in the 'green' world.

Environment: Our (natural) environment encompasses and surrounds all living and non-living things on Earth. It affects the interaction of all living things between themselves and their surroundings. Such things include climate, weather, and other natural phenomenon that affect human survival and economic activity.

Ecology : The branch of biology that deals with the relationships of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.

Eco: An abbreviation of the noun ecology or it can be an abbreviation for the adjective ecological or the adverb ecologically.

Note that Environment or Environmental and Ecology or Ecological are not exactly the same but are linked by the fact that one has to do with physical presence or surrounding and the other has to do with the relationship to that physical presence.

Environmentally-friendly : Means that a product or service when used correctly will not harm or affect the environment in a negative manner. It may be best compounded as 'enviro-friendly' but is often mistakenly compounded as 'eco-friendly'.

Eco-friendly: This means that a product or service will not affect the relationship between organizations and their environment in a negative way. 'Eco-friendly' and 'enviro-friendly' have two slightly different meanings but 'eco friendly' is used almost exclusively for both.

Eco-safe: As above, this term can mean both environmentally safe or ecologically safe.

Naturally Pure: If something is 'naturally pure' then it is understood to be made from the finest, purest, cleanest ingredients and is safe, and benign and will not affect nature in any negative way.

Nature-Friendly : Like 'naturally pure', this compound word is understood to mean that the product or service will not harm the environment or will at least work with environment in such a way that there would be minimal negative impact.

We may think that things like volcanoes, hurricanes, tidal waves and forest fires can not be 'nature friendly' since they kill and destroy and uproot and demolish natural and man-made structures. But in reality they are often nature-friendly and necessary for the overall environment since they often cause regeneration and regrowth.

Green: In the context of the topic, 'green' is used to describe products or processes that are 'friendly' or safe for the environment. Environmental groups and businesses have used the word in their names such as “Green Peace”, “Green Alliance” and “Green Key”. When we see the word 'green' used in such names, we automatically think that the product or service is a benefit to the environment.

So, what is to be made of all this 'green' terminology that we are inundated with to describe or to market products and services that we are using them, we are considered 'earth-destroyers'?

Reading a label or a manufacturer's claim about a product or service requires education as well as common sense.

Most manufacturers mean well when they use the terms 'eco-friendly' and 'eco-safe' and 'green' but it behooves us to look a little closer and see whether or not their claims are first of all true, and second of all , can they prove what they say.

It does require a bit of 'rocket science' to decipher the claims made by some manufacturers but all is not lost for mere consumers. There are many online sources of information available to us all. It will help immensely though to know what the terms they use really mean.

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A Report on VOC Emissions From Building Material Products

Introduction

Some building materials are used in the construction industry to make buildings and other structures. Construction materials that are commonly used are cement, steel, sand, glass, aluminum, bricks, solid concrete blocks. Apart from this, hollow concrete blocks, siporex blocks, conveyor systems like lifts and elevators, are also used. Some products that are used for moisture protection are waterproofing products and house wrap. Additionally, we have all kinds of doors like sliding glass doors, folding door, garage door, door hardware. We also have the electrical systems and equipment that move these doors like AC power plugs and sockets, circuit breakers, electrical connectors, electrical wiring, switches. In this list, also important are surface finishing products like plaster and gypsum board, ceramic tile, quarry tile, pavers, mosaic, dropped ceiling, wall-covering, wall-paper, acoustic. Then there are products that help us create partitions like brick and brickwork, glass bricks, terra cotta, structural steel T-beam, and columns. As if this is not enough, a number of other miscellaneous materials like rebar, wire ropes, cables, metal fabrications, plumbing fixtures and equipment and a whole lot of other materials.

VOC Emissions from building material products

Many of the above building materials emit what is called as VOC or volatile organic compounds from within them. These compounds have the potential to vitiate the atmosphere and increase global warming. They are said to result in Sick-Building-Syndrome or Building-Related-Illness. The cause of BRI can be pinned down to the usage of construction materials. However, one of the causes of SBS is attributed to the construction materials. In recent times, some accidents have been reported in which the occupants health and well-being have been associated with the building in which they live or work. Therefore, a system needs to be formulated in which building materials used in the construction industry needs to be rated based on their VOC emission standards. These ratings are based on the effect the building material has on the health and well-being of an individual who is exposed to such materials. An evaluation procedure has been designed which will rate building materials in harmony with their carbon emissions. Proper experience with using this procedure will help us extrapolating it to evaluate other construction materials. This procedure will be a boon to all architects, designers, consumers and other decision makers as they can then use materials based on their VOC rating. They can select materials with lower rating and with safer emission levels, resulting in improved indoor air quality and reduced waste of energy. The direct result of this will be a healthy and happy group of people living on the earth.

Main Objective

The main objective of reducing VOC emissions is to improve indoor air quality and consequential hygiene, health, and environment. The Council has formulated proper rules relating to the ingredients used in construction materials and their effect on the atmosphere. If one were to abide by these rules, some of the construction materials used in contemporary times might have to be banned. This document also lays down the properties of building materials that are important for the promoting health, hygiene, and a conductive environment. According to this document, construction materials should have certain ingredients, and they should not have certain ingredients. It lays down that there should be a standardized technical documentation prepared which lays down the properties of materials used in construction in terms of elements and emissions. Although, such technical specifications are not yet available, the Technical Committee 264 of the European Standardization Committee has allocated the responsibility of formulating a method for doing so to a working group within the organization.

Conclusion

Therefore, we see that the building materials used in today's times are not all healthy. They have many detrimental effects that can affect the health and well-being of human beings.

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I Live In An Older Home, Am I Or My Family At Risk For Lead Poisoning?

Generally speaking the older the home the higher the risk is that you have lead based paint in your home. Many people feel that if they have an older house but do not have painted windows or trim work that there is not lead in their home, this is not a good addition. The fact is that homes that were built before lead paint was outlawed in 1978 could have lead anywhere in the house. Many older varnishes & stains as well as other clear coats over natural wood items could have lead in them, this is especially true for homes that were built prior to 1950.

Over the years there has been a debate over lead in the home and how dangerous it is. As with most health dangers, the health effect can be very serious depending on the amount of exposure. As a parent of an infant you know that the first place that any item that catches a child's attention ends up where? That correct, in their mouth and this is the easiest way for a child to get lead poisoning.

Many people across the United States live in homes that have lead based paint in them and do not even know it because it does not currently affect them. However the main contact for lead poisoning is for windows and doors that are not maintained have natural friction points when opened and closed that allow for the deterioration of the paint that then deposits the paint dust to then lay around which is the main point of contact where lead poisoning.

In 2010 the Renovation, Repair & Painting (RRP) program from the EPA went into effect in order to oversee that the home remodeling businesses were not contaminated homes that were being restructured when lead based paint was present in the home. The law states that an EPA certified Renovator needs to do a lead test or assume there is lead on any house that was built prior to 1978 before concluding work on any home or child employed facility (such as a day care). If lead is found there are very specific ways that renovations need to be done in order to take away the risk for any occupants in these areas and a pamphlet called Renovate Right must be given to all home owners and occupants of these dwellings.

Some states have taken the role away from the EPA and govern their own program and the enforcement of the RRP program which have even stronger policies than the EPA version.

These states include:

· Alabama

· Delaware

· Georgia

· Iowa

· Kansas

· Massachusetts

· Mississippi

· North Carolina

Oklahoma

· Oregon

Rhode Island

· Utah

Washington

· Wisconsin

So how can you tell that you have a lead hazard in your home?

There are two ways of doing this. The first way is to hire a certified lead-based paint inspector who will come to your home or child occupied facility and most often will use a XRF gun to analyze the paint in your home. This can be very expensive, let us face the fact that these guns do not grow on trees and for that reason it makes the cost very expensive to get this done, the other way if you use an inspector would be for them to do paint chip samples which also would then have lab fees involved which can get very expensive as well. The easiest and most inexpensive way to check for lead would be to do your own screening which is very easy with a swab test kit. The LeadCheck Test kit is the only instant swab test kit that is allowed to be used by a certified renewator within the EPA RRP program and has been proven to be sensitive enough to detect lead down to the smallest amounts. Remember that a swab test kit can only show that you have or do not have lead, it will not tell how much lead is there or what needs to be done to repair the hazard.

Remember that lead paint found in your home does not mean that your home should be condemned. Like most diseases it can be lived with but must be handled properly to avoid a health risk for you and your family. For more information on lead paint hazards see the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424 LEAD (5323).

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Who’s at Risk From Mold Exposure?

Mold has been in the news a great deal laately. You have probably heard about toxic mold, although it's important to understand that, while mold exposure can cause health problems, not all mold is toxic. Mold is most dangerous for those who are at an increased risk.

People at risk of a reaction to mold include:

  • Children
  • The elderly
  • Those with a compromised immune system (including those with HIV, cancer, or liver disease)
  • People with chronic lung disease such as COPD or cystic fibrosis
  • People with allergies
  • Those with asthma

Health Risks of Mold Exposure

We still do not know everything about the health risks of mold. While there have been many high-profile cases and lawsuits claiming serious illness from mold, researchers have still made few links between mold exposure and specific medical conditions.

What we do know is some people are more sensitive to mold exposure, particularly people with asthma, compromised immune systems, lung or respiratory problems, and pre-existing health conditions. The elderly and infants are also at more risk of health problems from mold.

There are several categories of mold-related health issues.

1. Aspergillosis

This name refers to many diseases related to the Aspergillis mold genus. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis or ABPA is a non-invasive disease that usually causes allergic reactions. Invasive aspergillosis, however, is more serious as it damages the lungs and other organs and may spread. While anyone can develop aspergillosis, it's most common in people who have cystic fibrosis, asthma, and other lung conditions.

2. Allergic Reactions

Mold susceptibility varies by person. People who are allergic to mold may experience skin irritation, wheezing, stuffiness, and watery or irritated eyes. More serious allergic reactions include fever, difficulty breathing, and flu-like symptoms.

When you have a mold allergy, your body overreacts to the mold spores, which causes several allergic reactions. Mold allergy has been linked to asthma in some people. Exposure to mold spores can restrict airways and make it difficult to breathe.

3. Toxic-Related Diseases

There have been efforts to link mold exposure to more serious health conditions, including cancer, reactive airway dysfunction syndrome (RADS), fibromyalgia, and infant lung hemorrhaging. There is still no evidence providing this connection.

Protecting Those At Risk

People who are sensitive to mold or have a pre-existing health condition are encouraged to take steps to avoid mold growth in their home. If you or someone you love has allergies, asthma, a compromised immune system, or chronic lung disease, it's important to have a mold inspection conducted so you can take the steps necessary to protect your health.

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