Green Living Tips On How To Purify Your Indoor Air

Do you know that your indoor air quality is 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air? The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that people spend 90% of their time indoors, and this indoor air pollution can threaten the health -- and the lives -- of everyone in your family.

The most effective way to keep the air in your home safe and healthy is to keep away cigarette smoke, excess moisture and chemical. Ventilate your house to pull dangerous pollutants out of the house. Run the exhaust fans in your bathroom and kitchen. Open your windows. Make sure you have a good exhaust system in place for appliances and stoves.

3 Most Deadly Indoor Air Pollutants
  1. Carbon monoxide: over 400 people die each year and thousands of others become ill or seek medical attention after exposure to the odorless gas. Sometimes the early symptoms resemble the flu, but look for these differences: if more than one family member has symptoms -- even your pets -- and you feel better away from home, you may have a carbon monoxide problem. Carbon monoxide levels can rise very quickly in unventilated areas without anyone noticing the colorless, odorless, toxic gas. Protect yourself by installing a carbon monoxide detector near your sleeping rooms. Also have all fuel burning appliances inspected by a qualified technician once a year to keep the deadly gas away from your home.
  2. Secondondhand smoke: 7,500-15,000 children are hospitalized or sickened with respiratory tract infections, and older adults with cardiovascular or lung illness are at higher risk of health problems from cigarette smoke exposure. Never let anyone smoke inside your home. The Surgeon General states that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke. Ask smokers to take it outside to protect the health of you and your family.
  3. Radon gas: Is a lethal and invisible killer. It is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second-leading cause of lung cancer, period. Scientists estimate that radon causes thousands of deaths annually.

    Radon is an odorless, invisible gas that occurs naturally in soil and rock and can only be detected through testing. Protect yourself and your family. Test your home for radon. Testing is easy and inexpensive and getting rid of radon may save your life.silent. It's odorless. It's found in many American homes, and it is the second biggest cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoke.
Fix Leaks
Rain and high humidity can bring moisture indoors, creating dampness, mold and mildew -- big problems for healthy indoor air. Dampness alone -- not just mold -- is associated with higher risk of wheezing, coughing and asthma symptoms.

Check your roof, foundation and basement or crawlspace once a year to catch leaks or moisture problems and route water away from your home’s foundation. Fix problems as quickly as possible to prevent unhealthy dampness from entering your home.

Clean Your Air Conditioner and Dehumidifier
Asthma is the leading serious chronic illness of children in the U.S. Help keep asthma triggers away from your house by fixing leaks and drips as soon as they start. Standing water and high humidity encourage the growth of dust mites, mold and mildew -- some of the most common triggers that can worsen asthma. Use a dehumidifier or air conditioner when needed, and clean both regularly.

Keep Your Pets Outdoors
Pet allergies can come from an animal’s saliva, urine, feces and dead skin cells, so no pet is “hypoallergenic.” If someone in your family has pet allergies, keep your pet outdoors. Moving your pet from indoors to out can help reduce exposure to these allergens. However, cat allergens can stay in place for 20 weeks or more.

If you must keep your pet indoors, keep it away from sleeping rooms. Clean floors and upholstered furniture frequently (two or more times a week) to reduce exposure to pet allergens indoors. Unfortunately, two often-recommended actions do not seem to work: neither washing pets nor using indoor air cleaning devices helps.

to be continued next posting...

“Your Planet Needs YOU! UNite to Combat Climate Change”

“Your Planet Needs YOU! UNite to Combat Climate Change” is the theme for World Environment Day Celebration for 2009.

The whole month of June is dedicated to celebrate Environment Month which is participated worldwide. However, it has a special celebration - The Wold Environment Day. This celebrated every 5th of June . The purpose of this special day are:
  • to give a human face to environmental issues;
  • empower people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development;
  • promote an understanding that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues;
  • and advocate partnership which will ensure all nations and peoples enjoy a safer and more prosperous future.

World Environment Day is also a popular event with colourful activities such as street rallies, bicycle parades, green concerts, and essay and poster competitions in schools, tree planting, as well as recycling and cleaning-up campaigns.

Like the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Office in the Philippines, during this month we will always starts the celebration with a parade and culminate with an Inter Provincial Sports fest. Ballgames like basketball, volleyball, tennis, table tennis, bowling, badminton, and dart are being played. DENR employees from different provinces have the chance to banned together.

Likewise, DENR also will spearhead the hanging of streamers with its theme and requesting everybody to participate in keeping our environment clean and green.

Amongst the activities we usually undertake are:
  • clean-up campaigns (involve private sectors, government offices, NGOs, and other sectors)
  • tree planting (on roadsides, mini-parks and coast lines)
  • conducts quiz bowl and poster making contests
  • information dissemination through media and flyers
Though this posting is late, i would still love to dessiminate these information since some do not know yet.

Eco-Friendly Product For Your Laundry Use

This is an amazing eco-friendly product for your laundry care. Refresh'n dryer towels are an amazing way of refreshing and revitalizing our clothes within minutes..

The Refresh'n dryer towel will clean and freshen undesirable, previously worn, slightly dirty, odorized, lifeless, wrinkled clothing into fresh, ready to wear articles without the need for washing.

The Refresh'n dryer towel is lint free, will not shrink, spot, or fade your clothes, uses no chemicals, and is 100% natural.

Refresh'n dryer towels have a patented weave pattern that allows your clothes to be professionally steamed to remove bacteria, odors, dirt and wrinkles. Thus giving your clothes a fresh clean look.

Refresh'n dryer towels can be reused up to 25 times, save on water and electricity, lessen time in the laundry, prolong the life of your clothes, and is 100% natural.

Anybody have tried this one! Please share your experiences here.

Eco-Friendly Products For Your Kitchen Use

Here are some eco-friendly products that you can use in your kitchen and most of them are made from organic materials.

Organic cotton and dyes are grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. The Organic cotton is grown without the use of harmful chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, and build a biologically diverse agriculture. YOU CAN HELP contribute to the well-being of our environment, creating a healthy home, and a happy planet.

This a rubber coaster set made from a recycled tire.

This Certified Organic Cotton Terry Dish Cloth

Napkins made of hemp

Long and short Apron made from organic hemp and cotton


2 Green Living Tips You Should Know

a pictureI would like to share these great green living tips to you all. These will cut down your electricity bill in a little way.

  1. When we iron on a regular ironing board we are only effectively ironing on one side. Inserting a few sheets of aluminum foil in between the ironing board and the board cover will reflect the heat of the iron and Voila! You are now ironing from both sides, meaning you iron quicker and therefore use less electricity.
Give it a try!

Regularly defrosting your freezer can massively improve its efficiency. The ice that builds up becomes an insulator, reducing the effectiveness of the freezing process. Also make sure you use the whole of your freezer, rather than leaving it only half-full.

Conversely, make sure you leave space in your fridge. The fridge needs space so that cold air can circulate, allowing the fridge to operate efficiently. It’s also worth vacuuming the cooling coils of your fridge on a regular basis, otherwise the fridge needs to work harder than it needs to (using more energy).


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