Posted by John on August 9th, 2008
That’s the question on the minds of citizens in the Dutch town of Hengelo, where officials are paving a road with a special type of air purifying concrete to curb nitrogen oxide pollution from vehicle exhaust.
Engadget reports that the concrete bricks contain a titanium dioxide additive which, when exposed to sunlight, binds with nitrogen oxide particles and breaks them down into “harmless nitrates” that wash away with water. Continue reading
Posted by John on August 4th, 2008
Steven Hong, President of Sylvane.com, recently appeared on the syndicated radio talk show “At Home with Cheryl Gillepsie” to speak about how to create a healthy nursery. He went on to cover all the basics of making a healthy home.
Here are some great healthy home tips from the interview:
- If you have a newborn on the way, paint the nursery well before the baby’s due date, as fresh paint releases volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can cause irritation, headaches, nausea, and more serious problems with high exposure. Low-VOC paints are also available.
Posted by John on July 29th, 2008
HealthDay reporter Serena Williams recently exposed the health hazards in common household cleaners. A recent study concluded that many air fresheners and cleaners contain a volatile organic compound (VOC) called 1,4 dicholorobenzene (1,4 DCB) that can reduce lung function by 4 percent. (1,4 DCB is the chemical that gives mothballs their distinctive odor.)
Another study found that regular use of household cleaners in spray cans may increase the risk of developing asthma by up to 50 percent! Continue reading
Posted by John on July 27th, 2008
Thanks to National Geographic and other news media outlets, more Americans are beginning to realize that toxic chemicals are all too common in modern, everyday life. From bottled water to cleaning supplies, hazardous chemicals leech into our lives and build up in our bodies.
Green cleaning, or chemical-free cleaning, not only protects the environment from toxic contamination, but it also protects your health! Because of the immensely popular green cleaning trend, even the most toxic chemical cleaning solutions are “going green” – at least in the design of their labels, if not in their composition. But cleaning solutions made from toxic chemicals are still harmful, no matter how green their labels may be.
If you’re wary of using toxic chemicals to clean your home, try a vapor steam cleaner.
Vapor steam cleaners harness the power of hot, “dry” steam to kill bacteria, mold, dust mites, and other allergens and germs. Continue reading