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Avoid Germs On Your Summer Travels!

Avoid Germs On Your Summer Travels!

Most of us don’t want to think too much about what all we could be exposed to when we travel, especially when it comes to the super-scary contaminant king E.coli. But it’s everywhere – on transportation, at schools, and even in the sanctuary of our own (seemingly clean) home.

In truly disturbing news, two researchers recently discovered that certain pathogens – of which E.coli is one – can linger on airplane surfaces for days. Considering the number of people who could be exposed in a single day, their findings are cause for concern.

James Barbaree, associate director for research at the Auburn University Center for Detection and Food Safety in Auburn, Alabama, and his colleague Kiril Vaglenov presented their study at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. They analyzed both MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and E. coli O157:H7.

What they found was that the plane’s more porous surfaces allowed the pathogens to linger the longest. Specifically, the E. coli O157:H7 survived longest – 96 hours – on material from an airplane armrest. “The porous surfaces…are more protective for the bacteria – cloth, like the pocket cloth on the back of the seat, something like that has a lot of crevices where bacteria can get in,” Barbaree said.

And it’s not just on airplanes; it’s indoor environments, too. So if you’re renting a beach house or sharing lake lodge this summer, keep in mind what germs could be lurking, just waiting to ruin your summer fun!

“People think that the bathroom is the dirtiest place in [a] house,” says Cheryl Luptowski, a Home Safety Expert at the National Sanitation Foundation International (NSF International), an independent public health and environmental organization. “…kitchen[s] [have] the most germs,” she said.

Lupotowski along with University of Arizona-Tucson Professor and Microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba revealed the 10 dirtiest spots in the average home kitchen. #1 offenders on the list? Sponges and dishcloths. According to the NSF, “more than 75 percent of dish sponges and rags have some sort of coliform bacteria–a family of bacteria that includes Salmonella and E. coli and is an indicator of potential fecal contamination.”

Other places most likely to be teeming with e.coli? The sink, the refrigerator meat compartment, blender gaskets, kitchen countertops, can openers, and rubber spatulas. Running items through a dishwasher, or cleaning with hot, soapy water is key. A bleach and water mixture can also be helpful, as can disinfectants designed for kitchen use.

And ladies? Careful where you set those handbags. Dr. Gerba found the unthinkable on the ubiquitous fashion staple. “We found fecal bacteria you normally find on the floor of restroom,” he said. “We found bacteria that can cause skin infections on the bottom of purses. What’s more amazing is the large numbers we find on the bottom of purses, which indicates that they can be picking up a lot of other germs like cold viruses or viruses that cause diarrhea.” When at all possible, place handbags on a hook or in an adjacent chair rather than on the floor. It’s worth nothing that leather and vinyl purses are less susceptible than ones made of cloth.

Vigilance and a little simple hand washing can go a long way in warding off E.coli-based illness. For a more thorough approach, using specially-designed air purifiers (some travel-sized!), fabric protectants, and microbial barriers can add an extra layer of protection to your home.

Our pick:

Vollara’s FreshAir Mobile is portable and perfect for cars, trucks, R.Vs. or campers!

 

The FreshAir Focus plugs into any outlet — making it great for hotel rooms or when traveling!

Our FreshAir Personal is a wearable unit that removes airborne contaminants and allergens from the air immediately around your body. Take it on the plane with you!

What Space Certification Means For You

What Space Certification Means For You

Since its inception in March 1983, The Space Foundation has been doing exactly what it set out to do: “foster, develop and promote a greater understanding and awareness of the practical and theoretical utilization of space for the benefit of civilization and the fostering of a peaceful and prosperous world.”¹ It is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, major industry events, and research.

 

Screen Shot 2015-07-23 at 4.51.58 PMThe Space Certification program is one major way The Space Foundation, in collaboration with NASA, helps improve public awareness and appreciation for the many practical benefits of space, space technologies, and how they improve life on Earth, ultimately making space more interesting and accessible to everyone. Products and services licensed to display the Space Certification seal are guaranteed to have stemmed from or been dramatically improved by technologies originally developed for space exploration or to have a significant impact on teaching people about the value of space utilization.²

 

Space technology touches and enhances practically every aspect of life on Earth. The fundamental research and development that makes it possible for us to explore the universe also makes our lives safer, more eco-friendly, more comfortable, and more productive. Over the last fifty years, much of what improves our lives, like healthcare, communications, travel, recreation, and entertainment, came to be what they are today thanks to technology originally developed for space exploration. Often referred to as “spinoffs”, there are literally thousands of products and services that incorporate space technology.

 

The list of technologies originally developed for space that affect our everyday lives is overwhelming: GPS, satellite TV and radio, cellular communications, advanced industrial lubricants, robotics, plastics, cordless tools, medical and chiropractic diagnostic equipment, ceramic hair straighteners, oil spill clean-up materials, radiant barrier insulation, temperature-regulating clothing, comfortable mattresses, nutrition supplements, water and air purification systems, and hundreds of other inventions including a long list of life-saving medical technologies.

 

Vollara’s ActivePure Technology is based on a variation of the technology originally developed for use on board the International Space Station. Recognized as exclusive Certified Space Technology by the Space Foundation in their category, Vollara’s ActivePure Technology can be found in

 

  • FreshAir
  • FreshAir Cube
  • FreshAir Mobile
  • LaundryPure
  • SafeHearth

 

These products combine the science of space with the power of nature to provide you with effective and proven environmental products.

 

 

Sources:

¹ http://www.spacefoundation.org/about/history

² http://www.spacefoundation.org/programs/space-certification

Green Technology Trends in 2011

Green Technology Trends in 2011

Each time a new green technology is revealed, it becomes clearer that humans can live in a more efficient way that’s not only better for the environment, but healthier as well.  Here are some top green technology trends for 2011 that are going to revolutionize the way you live and how you spend your money.

 

Saving Water

In the United States, the average family of four can use 400 gallons of water every day. On average, approximately 70 percent of that water is used indoors. The EPA has several tips to help you conserve water, including changing your washing machine and toilet to something energy efficient. For example, traditional model washing machines use between 27 and 54 gallons of water per load. However, new, energy- and water-conserving models use less than 27 gallons per load. They come in both front and top loading styles. We recommend joining one of these efficient models with a laundry cleaning system that eliminates detergents, and you will not just be saving water but making sure that the water you do use washing clothes is free from irritating soaps and bleach. Pairing these two green technologies for water and energy efficiency is a great way to be kind to the environment and save on your water and energy bills!

 

Indoor Air Quality

Many people worry about pollution outside, but are you considering how clean the air is inside your home as well? The EPA says that indoor air can be five times more polluted with dust, mold, and contaminants than outdoor air! Because modern homes are sealed for energy efficiencies to minimize the amount of air that travels between inside and outside, the inside air can collect pollutants that might accumulate to levels that pose health problems. Many green technologies have been developed to negate the effects of this issue. Active Technology air purification systems can reduce contaminants and pollutants so the air in your home is safer for your family!

Energy Efficiency

Did you know that electricity can surge and spike in your home? Either of these irregularities may damage appliances and electronics like computer equipment and televisions, and are not efficient uses of energy. New green technologies are available that do more than protect your electronics from dangerous electricity surges — they also optimize the power coming into your home as they condition it!  Once again, this green technology may help save on your energy bill while also protecting the earth.

 

Avoiding Water Bottles

Only 27% of the 2.4 million tons of plastic water bottles produced in the US are recycled! That means that 73% of plastic water bottles end up in landfills – or worse, as litter! Is bottled purified water worth that cost? Before you answer, consider that up to 95 percent of the cost of bottled water is for things other than the water, like bottling and marketing. This is why many people are changing to a better type of water: point-of-use, pH optimized, alkaline water.  In addition to the wasted bottles, some “purified” water bottles are often filled with water that is both acidic and from a source that may not be easy to identify. In order to give your body the water nature intended and save the environment from the millions of tons of plastic bottles, a new trend for 2011 is to install a water treatment system at home!

 

Efficient living is good for you, and for the earth. These green technology trends all fit into the biggest green trend in 2011: saving the environment and saving you money!

 

Vollara, a Top MLM Company in Dallas, Launches MoreVollara.com

Vollara, a Top MLM Company in Dallas, Launches MoreVollara.com

Dallas-based top MLM company Vollara, LLC, one of the world’s most inspired work from home opportunities today and a global leader in direct sales of natural health products, launched a free informational site at MoreVollara.com.

“People are drawn to Vollara’s product technologies and strong earnings potential,” said Erin Bender, Vollara’s VP of Marketing. “Sometimes, new people need more information to decide how Vollara best fits for them. We wanted to provide a resource that helps guide them through their decision process by featuring key aspects of the Vollara business; hi-lighting our comfortable, inviting culture; and showing them the support they can expect from an organization committed to their success.”

MoreVollara.com is a video-driven informational website that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provides details on Vollara’s Essential Products, the science behind the products and technology, how easy it is to share Vollara with others, the Business Opportunity, and the People of Vollara.

MoreVollara.com was launched as part of Vollara’s National Conference held last weekend in Dallas. Vollara supports a culture of tools to help people make the most of their independent businesses.

About Vollara
Vollara, which is derived from the Latin verb “to fly”, is a subsidiary under the umbrella of Aerus Holdings L.L.C. Our family of companies has a rich 80-year history dating back to Electrolux, USA, a company known for excellence in its technology, unmatched service, and endless accomplishments. Its products have been honored in the Smithsonian and its satisfied customers number over 50 million.

Vollara, a Natural Health Focused Top MLM Company, Unveils New LaundryPure

Vollara, a Natural Health Focused Top MLM Company, Unveils New LaundryPure

Dallas, TX, August 29, 2010 –(PR.com)– Vollara, LLC, a global leader in direct sales of natural health products, top MLM company, and a truly unique work from home opportunity unveiled its new LaundryPure technology product –designed to be a no-soap purified water system that effectively cleans clothes — at a National Conference in Dallas this past weekend.

“There is no such thing as eco-friendly laundry soap,” said Troy A. Sanford CN., ND, Vollara’s Vice President of Sales & Health Sciences. “Many laundry soaps contain harsh surfactants, plasticizers, binders, and dyes that may contribute to the contamination of our water supply. On top of that, residues may remain in clothes and therefore be in close contact with your skin. LaundryPure super oxygenates the water for cleaning action without using soap. No contamination in your local water and it is so much healthier for humans!”

LaundryPure is a healthier ‘no-suds’ way to do laundry. It incorporates the power of our revolutionary, exclusive ActivePure Technology with the cleaning action of activated oxygen to lift dirt and grime away from the fibers of fabric and prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria. LaundryPure is an amazingly effective cold water laundry system for residential use and is available for either front load or top load washers, and installs on all brands and models.

About Vollara
Vollara, which is derived from the Latin verb “to fly”, is a subsidiary under the umbrella of Aerus Holdings L.L.C. Our family of companies has a rich 80-year history dating back to Electrolux, USA, a company known for excellence in its technology, unmatched service, and endless accomplishments. Its products have been honored in the Smithsonian and its satisfied customers number over 50 million.