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Water Conservation: A Job for Everyone

Water Conservation: A Job for Everyone

In most first-world countries, water seems like a plentiful resource. Even in times of drought, it’s still easy to walk into a convenience store and grab a bottle of water – a luxury many countries and people don’t have. And while 71% of the earth is covered in water it is still a sought-after and essential necessity. (Just ask the state of California right now!) By some estimates, the average person uses 50 gallons of water a day. If each of us made a concerted effort to conserve water, it could make a measurable, positive impact on our local and global environments. Are there actually ways to practice water conservation without dramatically altering our lifestyle? As it turns out, yes!

According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, “Conservation is simply a protection from loss or waste. Therefore, water conservation activities reduce the demand for water, improve the efficiency in use and reduce losses and waste of water.”

Basically, there are two different approaches to conservation: short-term measures and long-term measures, and both can influence each other. Building better facilities and reconfiguring landscape design may require more water in the beginning to actually construct or institute the change, but over time, the long-term gain could be seen for years and years.

While individuals perhaps have lesser control over instituting larger-scale, long-term solutions, there are so many solutions that are available to persons and families looking to make a positive difference. For example:

 

The average person uses 10.9 gallons of faucet water a day.

You can help reduce this amount by incorporating small changes like turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth, shaving and washing dishes.

 

A faucet leaking 30 drops per minute wastes 54 gallons per month.

A simple repair could lead to considerable savings, not only in water itself, but probably your water bill as well!

 

The average dishwasher uses 8 – 12 gallons each time its run, regardless of whether the machine is full or not.

Waiting until you’ve got a full load is a smart idea.

 

In addition to the actual gallons of water you can save, conservation is also about keeping the water supply as clean as possible. Pesticides, paints, gasoline, fertilizers, old medications and household cleaning chemicals can all leach into the water supply, which, as you might imagine, can pose quite a problem.

The good news is, there are ways to still tackle household cleaning without the use of harsh chemicals which can easily make their way into surrounding water and soil supplies.

Vollara launched a “Saving 1 Billion Gallons” mission as a challenge: just how much could be accomplished if we all took measures to conserve gallons and protect the quality of our water? As it turns out, over 286 million gallons have been saved so far…and counting!

One great tool that’s leading the way in water conservation is the LaundryPure.

LaundryPure by Vollara
LaundryPure by Vollara

A simple hook up to your existing washing machine allows the user to forgo detergents, bleaches, softeners and other added chemicals, and instead clean their laundry using only cold water and the bubbling power of oxygenated water. This technology has been around for a while, widely used in professional applications like hospitals and hotels.

The LaundryPure not only helps keep chemicals from leaching back into the water supply, it also keeps soap and softener residue from building up on your laundry and inside your washer, and from irritating your skin. This is great for babies, kids and people with skin sensitivities.

Being mindful of what you and your household are expending, water-wise, and what goes down your home drain, is a great way to do your part to keep Earth’s most precious resource available and clean for generations to come.

To learn more, visit www.saveonebilliongallons.com

 

 

Sources:
[2] http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5009.html
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How to De-Gunk Your Washing Machine

How to De-Gunk Your Washing Machine

In order to keep your washer running at peak performance, you’ve got to make sure the washer stays clean — and traditional laundry methods mean your washer might be prone to gunk, residue build-up, bacteria and odors. We depend on our washing machine to clean our laundry, but it can’t do an efficient job if it’s not kept clean. In fact, one of the first signs of a dirty washing machine might be the telltale indicators you see on your clothes: strange oily deposits, musty smells, lingering stains, dull colors, waxy residue and towels that just won’t fluff. The good news is, as long as you keep up with regular maintenance and routine cleaning, your washing machine should continue to perform well and be a steadfast appliance for many years!  A good rule of thumb is to clean your washer, inside and out, once a month.how to clean a washing machine

  • Wipe down the exterior. For this, you can use an all-purpose cleaner, or just some vinegar. Avoid abrasive cleaners, as they can scratch the surface.
  • Clean out the tub. To remove odors, stains, and build up of detergents and fabric softener, pour two cups of white vinegar or lemon juice into the tub and run it through a complete cycle on the hottest setting.
  • Scrub the lid or door. White vinegar is also good for removing mildew and detergent buildup around edge of the door and around the window on front load machines.
  • Don’t forget the bleach and fabric softener dispensers! Remove these if possible and scrub them in the sink, drying them thoroughly before returning them to the machine.

One more place that you might not think of cleaning but should: the inlet hose filters. These are found inside the water inlet connections, and they keep minerals and debris in the water from getting inside the washer. If they’re clogged, they’ll impede the flow of water into the machine for the wash cycle or cause the washer to not operate at all. While you’re cleaning the washer, inspect the hoses to make sure they are firmly connected and if signs of cracking are found, the hoses should be replaced.

When everything’s said and done, the entire cleaning process should take less than thirty minutes!

A few other tips to remember:

  • Remove laundry promptly after the cycle completes, and leave the lid open afterwards, to prevent mildewing.
  • Consider switching from commercial fabric softeners to white vinegar, since adding too much fabric softener may cause spotting on clothes.
  • On the other hand, for even less buildup, consider using no detergent at all! Try investing in a detergent-free laundry system, which uses oxygen, peroxide, and other oxidizers to lift dirt and odors from clothing without leaving residue in your washer or allergens in your clothes. Hospitals and hotels have used similar technology for years.

 

What is Water Conservation and Can I Make a Difference?

What is Water Conservation and Can I Make a Difference?

When it comes to taking care of the environment, the term “water conservation” is often used, but what is it, exactly? The term water conservation can be used to describe efforts made to reduce the amount of water used in homes, businesses (and anywhere else), as well as efforts to recycle waste water for other purposes such as manufacturing, irrigation, or cleaning.

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Water conservation can be beneficial in a variety of ways.  For example, water management – water purification, water diversion, etc. – uses a significant amount of energy.  This energy usage could be decreased by efforts to conserve water rather than using water in a wasteful manner.  Ideally, water should only be used at a rate that does not take more water out of the natural ecosystem than can be naturally replaced.  By doing so, natural habitats are preserved, which benefits the environment overall.

Conserving water is something everyone can take part in.  There are opportunities in every household to cut down on the amount of water used and the pollutants that enter the water system.  For example, using energy efficient washing machines and dishwashers helps reduce the amount of water used, and often cuts down on the amount of soap needed to get things clean.  Take a step further and invest in detergent-free laundry systems that help clean your laundry without the use of soaps and chemicals that can end up in the water supply and harm the environment.  Taking steps like this in your home helps you and helps the environment.

Not only is it important to reduce the amount of water used, but to protect the fresh water supply by keeping it clean and healthy.  Everyone can make sure that they are using environmentally friendly products to help avoid putting harmful chemicals and other waste products into the water supply.

Vollara cares about creating products that make environmental sense.  Our products are designed to make the lives of humans easier while still being responsible stewards of our beautiful environment.

 

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