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The Chemical Side of Clean

The Chemical Side of Clean

Whether we like it or not, most of us are exposed to cleaning products and their residues at low levels on a daily basis. When these chemicals are used, their fumes linger in the air and we breathe them in. Chemicals in cleaning products can also enter our bodies by absorption through the skin or through ingestion of household dust and chemical residues left on dishes and other “cleaned” surfaces. When used cleaning products are flushed down the drain, they can seriously impact aquatic ecosystems.

Disinfectant by-products, or DBPs, form as a reaction between oxidizing agents and naturally present organic matter during the water disinfection process. Many hundreds of DBPs exist in treated drinking water and at least 600 have been identified, but it is increasingly recognized that the genotoxicities of the DBPs not subject to regulatory monitoring are comparatively much higher than those that are commonly monitored in the developed world. [1]

Since WWII, more than 80,000 synthetic chemicals have been invented, and many of these chemicals have been dispersed widely into the environment. Some will persist in the environment for decades and even centuries. Most of these chemicals did not previously exist in nature.[2] Not many of these substances have been tested for safety, yet are present in our food, water, and cleaning products.

According to the National Research Council, “no toxic information is available for more than 80% of the chemicals in everyday-use products. Less than 20% have been tested for acute effects and less than 10% have been tested for chronic, reproductive, or mutagenic effects.”[3] The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) depends on industry-sponsored tests for approval. In 1981, one company was found guilty of falsifying over 90 per cent of more than 2000 studies. Those products are still readily available.[4]

So, what can you do to protect your loved ones from chemical exposure? Educate yourself. Research, identify, and use safer, natural alternatives for cleaning as much as possible. Store all cleaning agents in their original containers out of reach from children. Follow the directions and use only the amount recommended. Read labels, follow safety precautions, and contact the manufacturer when you have questions.

Additionally, you can use technology in your home that is capable of cleaning the air and surfaces of your home without chemicals. Vollara’s exclusive ActivePure is the only air cleaning technology awarded the prestigious Certified Space Technology seal by the Space Foundation, and works to continuously clean and protect air and surfaces 24 hours a day.

 

 

Sources:

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disinfection_by-product

[2] http://www.mountsinai.org/patient-care/service-areas/children/areas-of-care/childrens-environmental-health-center/childrens-disease-and-the-environment/children-and-toxic-chemicals

[3] http://www.alive.com/articles/view/16745/crack_down_on_household_chemicals

[4] Ibid

Get More Life Out Of Your Clothes With LaundryPure!

Get More Life Out Of Your Clothes With LaundryPure!

Maybe it’s your favorite dress. Or that button-down shirt you wear all the time. At some point, though, with regular laundering habits, those beloved articles of clothing are probably going to show signs of wear. Maybe the color fades, or maybe the fabric pills. Maybe stains refuse to budge. Or maybe there’s a residue and lifelessness to your clothing now.

 

You have to launder your clothes, but does that automatically mean you have to watch their quality deteriorate, too? The new answer? NO. Vollara brings you a technology you can use at home called the LaundryPure, and it takes the way you do laundry to a new level. Gone are the days of detergent, harsh chemicals and bleaches, costly hot water and dulling fabric softener. You can get clean, fluffy laundry that still retains its color, shape and style from when you purchased it.

 

Here’s a common misconception about laundry detergent: more is better. Have you or someone you know been guilty of adding a little more detergent to your wash because you wanted to get your clothes cleaner? Problem is, it doesn’t work that way. In fact, using too much detergent can actually have a detrimental affect on your clothes. According to About.com, “…the extra detergent or fabric softener settles back on the clothing and leaves the finish dull and stiff.”[1]

 

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The LaundrPure by Vollara uses the same technology that hotels and hospitals use to launder large amounts of linens. The LaundryPure uses cold water only, and infuses it with oxygen, peroxides, and other gases to bubble and lift dirt and grime from cloth fibers, leaving towels softer and fluffier, and clothes brighter and cleaner.

 

Eliminating the harsh chemicals, hot water and dulling softeners greatly extends the life of your clothing, which saves you money in the long run. Whites are whiter, brights are brighter, and the integrity of your clothing stays intact much longer than it would when washed in a traditional way. Stains are lifted, colors don’t fade and there’s no residue leftover to dull your clothes or irritate your skin.

 

To learn more about the LaundryPure and click here.

 

 

Sources:
[1] laundry.about.com/od/laundrybasics/tp/10-Laundry-Tips-To-Make-Your-Clothes-Last-Longer.htm

 

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

MRSA Outbreaks Call For Protection and Prevention

MRSA Outbreaks Call For Protection and Prevention

 

As a topic, new MRSA cases seem to remain front and center in the news – becoming more widespread within professional sports locker rooms, schools, hospitals and now in the safety of your own home. And while researchers have found a cure to kill MRSA cells, prevention really is the ideal preference. Why? Because MRSA infections are on the rise and worrisome to many doctors.

 

“We are no longer fighting just a germ. We are fighting a piece of DNA that moves easily from one bacteria in our intestine to another,” said Dr. Scott Stienecker, medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention and director of infectious disease services at Parkview Health in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.[1]

 

And Kim Lewis, Distinguished Professor of Biology and Director of Northeastern’s Antimicrobial Discovery Center, echoes Stienecker’s sentiments. He explains how the specialized class of cells within MRSA have evolved to survive. “Sur­vival is their only func­tion,” he said. “They don’t do any­thing else.”

 

Besides hygiene cautions one can take to eliminate the risk of contracting MRSA, there are also environmental safeguards that can be enacted, especially within the home.

 

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics each year in the United States, and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections.[2]

 

The CDC suggests that disinfectants are most likely to be effective against MRSA, and notes that “most will have a list of germs on the label that the product can destroy.” The CDC goes on to note that when disinfecting, it’s important to focus on surfaces that come into contact with bare skin. Doorknobs, faucets, athletic training benches and equipment, and light switches all fall into this category. [3]

 

There are products available that can continually treat the air and surfaces in your personal residence, which helps greatly reduce the chances of contamination.

 

 

 

 

Sources:

[1] http://www.fortwayne.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140608/NEWS/320136418

[2] http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/threat-report-2013/

[3] http://www.cdc.gov/mrsa/community/enviroment/index.html