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Breathe Smarter: Start-Up Creating Wearable Air Quality Sensor

chip2Asthma sufferers and people with respiratory illnesses know the importance of the air quality around them. While air quality maps and expensive technology give general air quality information, there’s not yet an inexpensive way to track air quality around you in real time.

But that may be about to change: A start-up company called ChemiSense is developing a wearable air quality sensor to track your immediate air quality in real time.

The air quality sensor can be worn around your wrist and connect to your smart phone through an app. Its air quality sensors will send information to the user’s smart phone, which will alert them about the quality of the air around them. This information could help people with respiratory conditions avoid issues, reduce asthma flare-ups, and keep tabs on exposure in highly-polluted areas. Continue reading…

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Must-Haves For a Healthy, Clean Dorm Room

collegeIs summer really almost over? If my morning commute was any indication, the answer is definitely yes. While the end of summer really only affects my commute and time spent at the pool, there are parents across the country sending kids off to college for the first time.

Described as “the best 4 years of your life,” college living situations (particularly old, dirty dorms) are generally less than ideal. I was in for quite a shock when I first walked into my dorm room–it was dusty, hot, and a far cry from the house I grew up in…and for better or worse, my college apartments never got much better.

So whether your child is off to college for the first time or heading back after summer, they’re probably entering a less-than-desirable living situation. Here are some must-have products to improve their air quality and keep them comfortable for the school year ahead.

Eva-Dry E-100 Eliminator Buckets

eva-dry-e-100-eliminator-bucketsThe Eva-Dry E-100 is a unique disposable product that removes moisture and odors for up to 60 days. Its carbon and micro-absorbing crystals absorb moisture, musty odors, and allergens from closets, storage bins, and other small areas. They’re ideal for college students who don’t have easy access to laundry facilities and are living in small dorm rooms with poor air quality.

Even better, they fit into any college student’s budget since they cost around $20. In fact, the Eliminator buckets are on sale right now! Continue reading…

Miele Marin Product Review: A New Way to Vacuum

marin-review-imageSince I started at Sylvane, I’ve been touting the Miele Marin as one of my favorite vacuums. It’s super easy to move around and you can choose between 3 carpet tools–depending on your home’s floors. When one of my co-workers, Kari, bought a new house that needed a little extra cleaning, I suggested she try the Marin. She was nice enough to take some photos and report back on her experience with this S8 canister vacuum. Check out her pictures and thoughts below:

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Miele Scout RX1 Robotic Vacuum Review

Miele has officially joined the robotic vacuum game! They released the Scout RX1 today, and we’ve got everything you need to know about it.

Not only does it automatically clean your floor, but it’s packed with features and adjusts to clean both hard floors and low-pile carpet.

Let’s take a look at what this new Miele Scout RX1 has to offer:

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It’s trusted Miele design is backed with a 2-year warranty–significantly longer than other robotic vacuums.

The green outlines show an intelligent navigation system that uses a camera and 7 sensors to clean your entire floor without missing a spot or bumping into furniture or walls. Continue reading…

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Air Quality Issues Impacting the World Cup

World Cup excitement continues to grow as the time grows closer and closer to the first game kickoff. I have been preparing my best “GOALLLLL!!!!!!” yell and have hung up my lucky jersey to root on team USA in one of my favorite events this summer.

Hosted in Brazil, this year’s World Cup is bound to be full of surprises. Hosting the World Cup comes with a price though; arguably one of the biggest price tags is not monetary but health related.

Poor air quality claims more lives in Sao Paulo Brazil than traffic fatalities, breast cancer and AIDS combined according to the a study conducted by the Institute of Health and Sustainability.

A study of the pollutants in Sao Paulo’s air determined that it has more than twice the amount of pollutants than is deemed safe by the World Health Organization. With such horrible air quality already plaguing Brazil, some people are asking how it will affect the big event—for fans and players

Here are some additional things to consider: 

  • With all of the international fans flocking the Brazil to cheer on their team, international flying will be at an all time high for Sao Paulo.
  • Travel between different stadiums during the event could double the carbon emissions of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
  • Not only will this increase the risk for Brazilian citizens to die from emission related illnesses, travelers and players exposed are at greater risk for heart disease.

To keep the smog from being a downer, FIFA and The Local Organizing Committee are trying to offset the carbon footprint visitors will create by implementing a series of low carbon development projects.Air plane/Air quality

FIFA hopes to maximize the fans’ enjoyment AND safety during the World Cup. FIFA is also encouraging travelers to offset their own carbon footprint as they enjoy the games.

  • If you have tickets to the World Cup, register your tickets on FIFA’s website and they’ll neutralize your carbon footprint for FREE! And by doing this you’ll be entered to win 2 tickets to the championship game. It doesn’t get any better than that!
  • Plane emissions are the biggest contribution to the carbon footprint! If you have to fly it is best to fly direct. Airplanes use large amounts of fuel taking-off and landing.
  • If you’re driving during the games, consider walking or biking instead. Also, use car air conditioning sparingly as it increases fuel consumption.

However World Cup organizers and fans choose to help keep air quality within safe levels, you can bet the level of noise in the air from the screaming fans will be tough to control! Go Team USA!

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