Simple Ways To Improve Indoor Air

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American Architect, Interior Designer, Writer and Educator, Frank Lloyd Wright loved creating designs in harmony with the environment. Here’s how you can bring the outdoors in AND improve the air quality in your home for better health.

by ALEXA ERICKSON – APRIL 22, 2017

With people spending more than 90 percent of their time indoors, it makes sense that air quality matters.

There are various factors in many people’s homes working against this, however. From furnishings and upholstery to synthetic building materials and cleaning products, toxic compounds are being emitted all around you.

There’s also the concern of pollen, bacteria, and molds that need to be considered. And all of this, combined with poorly-ventilated spaces, such as a windows that have been painted shut in your apartment, it’s incredibly important that you become aware of ways to combat all that junk being inhaled.

 

Enter houseplants.

 

Though you may only have them to better your green thumb, or decorate your home with a sense of nature — which are both great reasons — they’re also extremely beneficial for improving air quality. According to NASA, plants’ ability to purify air makes them “nature’s life support system.”

Plants clean the air in your home by absorbing some of the particles from the air while also taking in carbon dioxide, which is then processed into oxygen through photosynthesis. Additionally, microbes in the potting soil of the plants also provide a cleaning effect.

Plants may even be more beneficial in the evening. Because they are void of sunlight to carry out photosynthesis during this time, their carbon dioxide output increases, therefore providing you with an abundance of oxygen. If you have anxiety, insomnia, or are just looking for a calming effect, the following five plants will aid you in a healthier home and better quality sleep.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a great plant for someone new to the plant game, since it’s very easy to care for. This plant gives off plenty of oxygen at night, and, according to NASA, is capable of removing the pollutant formaldehyde.

Orchids

Orchids are stunning to look at, but they’re a whole lot more than just eye candy. Even when you can’t see them, they’re benefitting you by giving off lots of oxygen at night. Another plant that can withstand a bit of neglect, orchids are able to banish the pollutant found in paint called xylene from the environment.

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“5 PLANTS THAT GIVE OUT OXYGEN, EVEN DURING THE NIGHT”   

Happy Earth Day!  🙂

Edible Water Bottles! by Maria Dorfner

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Check out this hot way to keep cool and hydrated.  It may feel weird at first, but so did social media.
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Water bottles you eat can revolutionize how you hydrate. 50 billion water bottles are used each year. Only 23% are recycled.

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That’s just in America.  These biodegradable water bottles look like little breast implants or blobs. Not my nails, btw.
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I haven’t tested them. Looks like they could be messy if you’re wearing a silk shirt, but they look small enough not to splatter.
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And they’re good for the environment.  Ooho recently received a $22,500 sustainability award from the EU.
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Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez and Pierre Paslier from Skipping Rocks Lab in London created them.

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They took a frozen ball of water, then encapsulated it in layers of a membrane made of calcium chloride, and brown algae.

 

Imagine drinking water without a plastic bottle to cart around or toss away.

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The manufacturer is now trying to figure out ho make the outer membrane re-sealable.

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These could make a splash when you’re at the gym or hiking, at the beach, in a car –or anywhere when you’re on the go.

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They may even come in different colors and flavors. The plastic industry should be a little nervous right now.

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It could be Bye-Bye to needing to carry water bottles in the future.

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I still have a few questions:

1.  How many water blobs equal 9 fl. oz.?
2.  Can these water blobs break in your purse or pocket?
3.  Can these water blobs unintentionally heat up and be dangerous or is that only a worry with plastic?

4.  How many water blobs does a healthy active person need per day?

5.  When and where will they be available to consumers?

6.  Or will the huge plastics industry squash their ability to come to market?

7.  What is the anticipated price for consumers?

If anyone has answers to these questions, please comment or message me at maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

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Meanwhile, congratulations to the creators. I think it’s a hot health discovery!

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Special thanks to Ellen Canderozzi, a friend from grade school, who reminded about this biodegradable water on Facebook.

Stay hydrated!  Stay healthy!  🙂
Maria

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