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The Environment – Who Cares For It?

The Environment – Who Cares For It?

By Clifford Woods

The whole world is going green. The going green campaign is one that has taken root in all parts of the world as a result of the growing concerns of environmental degradation.

The Environment – Who Cares For It?

From social media to TV advertisements, every possible platform is being used to raise awareness on the horrifying situation we are currently in as far as the environmental care is concerned. There is cause to worry and you can find out why below:

Why Should We Care?

  • 70% of marine life risks extinction
  • By 2100, a third of all species may be extinct
  • Between 15% and 20% of global methane emission comes from farm animals
  • Over 850 million trees are chopped each year
  • 25,000 people die daily due to water contamination and shortage
  • 12,000 tons of carbon dioxide are added to the atmosphere every minute
  • 50 tons of productive soil are blown off and washed away from cropland every single minute

The list is endless and it’s safe to say that we are living in a sorry state as far as our environment is concerned.

Scientists tell us that at this rate, the ozone layer may be depleted to a point where life could be unsupported in just 200 years. This means that only microbial life will be around with higher life forms dying at a much faster rate. It’s not just plants and animals that are at threat of extinction, but the human race as well.

Why Should We Protect The Environment?
The answer for this is quite obvious; we have no other choice. The environment supports life and all components that we depend on for survival is provided via the environment. This means that our reproductive growth, development activities and civilization are all at the mercy of our environment.

Environment Care: Which Way Forward?
While talking about the problem helps, what matters most is getting a solution and we do not need to depend on our governments or celebrities to endorse environmental care. There are two key things we can do to reduce our carbon footprint and these are:

  1. Recycle: By recycling and using recyclable products, we reduce the number of landfills we have and the amount of pollution that goes into the air due to production and manufacturing. Can you believe that each ton of recycled paper actually saves 17 trees and 380 oil gallons? This just shows that we can indeed make a difference in our own small way.
  2. Become Energy Efficient: There are many ways in which we can become energy efficient. For starters, we could move to alternative forms of energy. Solar and wind energy are not only feasible, but free. Energy efficiency can be achieved just by changing several things in our lifestyles, such as the way we utilize energy, the products we use every day and even the cars we drive.

Goals that need to be met
So, anything that contaminates the air, water or other areas of the environment can diminish the quality of life as well as shorten a long life. As times go on, we are contaminating more and more of our drinking water, which is the number one resource that all animals, plants, and human beings need to continue to sustain healthy growth.

A famous advocate for environmental care once said that if we were unkind to the environment, nature would not be kind to us.

The Environment – Who Cares For It?

Answer: we all use the environment and so it is we who should care for it.

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Clifford WoodsClifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology
We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Natural Organic Solutions.

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Healthy Environment and A Long Life

Healthy Environment and A Long Life

By Clifford Woods

Healthy Environment and A Long LifeIndividuals have a constant interaction with the environment. These interactions affect the quality of life, either bestowing years of healthy life or causing health problems and shorter lives. Environmental health involves controlling or preventing disease, disability, and injury related to the interactions between the environment and people.

Adverse solid waste material vastly affects the quality of life, resulting in various hindrances in living a healthy and long life, while also making the quality of life in some areas unbearable.

2020 Healthy People Environmental Health Objectives
The 2020 Healthy People Environmental Health Objectives focus on those areas that highlight some elements of environmental health. These consist of air quality outdoors; toxic substances and hazardous wastes; and ground and surface water quality, as well as other elements needed for a healthy environment that promotes a long life.

Quality of Air
When we think of the surroundings and sustainability, air quality is a natural consideration. The air quality touches numerous parts of the ecosystem globally including water, soil, wildlife, vegetation, and human life. In one-way or another, all living things depend on the air around us.

2012 Outdoor Pollution
In 2010, 3.2 million people died early from outdoor air pollution, mostly in Asia, and mostly from soot as well as other pollutants from trucks and diesel cars. This means that outdoor air pollution is now a much larger risk to health than high cholesterol and, along with obesity, is the health risk that is the fastest growing in the world, thus resulting in lack of a healthy environment nourishing quality life.

Solid and Hazardous Waste
Nearly every activity leaves behind some type of waste in the environment. Manufacturing and industrial processes create hazardous solid waste. Some of this waste has chemicals that are hazardous to people and the environment.

When these hazardous chemicals are in the environment, people become exposed to them. Exposure arises when individuals have interaction with the toxic waste, both directly and through other substances polluted with this waste. Living a healthy long life becomes a really tough task under such circumstances.

Companies Not Following Regulations
There are many companies that do not safely dispose of their toxic waste, contaminating entire communities they are located in. This results in many quality of life issues including early onset of cancers and other health problems, especially in the very young and the very old.

Ground and Surface Waters
The quality of ground and surface water possibly has the largest effect on long life – not so much in the United States, but certainly in underdeveloped countries where drinking water is polluted and babies and children often get sick and die from the quality of the water.

Surface water can become stagnant and polluted simply by not having a method to flow and take out many elements of solid waste. Often, surface water is not a good source of potable water and can harm animals, plants, and humans. In many areas of the world, water out of the ground is pumped out, so people can use it for bathing, drinking, and well as other uses in a household, industry and agriculture.

Healthy Environment and A Long LifeAdditionally, groundwater often reaches the surface through other pathways that are natural such as springs. Groundwater that is contaminated affects the health of everything when they bathe or drink water that is contaminated or when they eat anything that has been negatively affected by contamination of groundwater. The dream of a healthy environment is simply not possible without better quality water.

Goals that need to be met
So, anything that contaminates the air, water or other areas of the environment can diminish the quality of life as well as shorten a long life. As times go on, we are contaminating more and more of our drinking water, which is the number one resource that all animals, plants, and human beings need to continue to sustain healthy growth.

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Clifford WoodsClifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology
We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Natural Organic Solutions

The Truth About Air Fresheners

The Truth About Air Fresheners

By Clifford Woods

Do you buy air fresheners for your home or office? Hard to believe that something so small that smells so nice has ingredients in it that are actually dangerous chemicals. Chemicals that you, your family or your co-workers breath in on a daily basis. And to make it worse, there are no labeling requirements to warn you and even “natural” products can contain toxic chemicals.

the truth about air fresheners

It is virtually impossible for the average consumer to know which products may pose a risk or not.

These chemicals in air fresheners have been found to be toxic to humans and these chemicals have been recently investigated for their safety. Investigations concluded that these substances may cause or increase health problems. Air fresheners that are natural and healthy are now being used as alternatives in order to minimize health hazards and environmental pollution.

Basic Ingredients in air fresheners are:

  1. Phthalates
  2. Formaldehyde
  3. Petroleum distillates
  4. DCBs

1. Phthalates are known as “endocrine disruptors” because they mimic the body’s hormones and have, in laboratory animal tests, been shown to cause reproductive and neurological damage.

Toxic phthalates found in some air fresheners:

  • Diethyl Phthalate (DEP): May cause damage to the liver and central nervous system.
  • Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP): May cause damage to the liver and central nervous system.
  • Diisobutyl Phthalate (DIBP): May be harmful if inhaled. May cause respiratory tract irritation.
  • Dimethyl Phthalate (DMP): The substance is toxic to the nervous system.
  • Diisohexyl Phthalate (DIHP): The available studies demonstrate significant effects on the male reproductive organs and developmental effects.2. Formaldehyde (CH2O) Nasal cancer, respiratory tract irritation; reproductive disorders, asthma, dermatitis; multiple organ damage.

2. Formaldehyde (CH2O) Nasal cancer, respiratory tract irritation; reproductive disorders, asthma, dermatitis; multiple organ damage.

3. Petroleum distillates (PDs) – can affect the nervous system causing headache, dizziness, nausea, and loss of balance and coordination. If inhaled – can irritate the nose, throat and lungs. Petroleum Distillates are on the Right to Know Hazardous Substance List because they are cited by OSHA, DOT, NIOSH and IARC. This chemical is on the Special Health Hazard Substance List.

4. Dichlorobenzene (DCBs) – there are three forms of dichlorobenzene. These chemicals are man-made and do not occur in nature.

1,2-Dichlorobenzene, 1,3-Dichlorobenzene, 1,4-Dichlorobenzene

  • 1,2-Dichlorobenzene- This substance is toxic to kidneys, liver, mucous membranes.
  • 1,3-Dichlorobenzene- Very little is known about the human health effects of this substance.
  • 1,4-Dichlorobenzene- This substance is toxic to kidneys, lungs, liver, mucous membranes. Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage. Repeated or prolonged inhalation of dust may lead to chronic respiratory irritation.

Some Helpful Tips

1. Read the labels and you may be able to identify phthalates in some products by their chemical names or abbreviations: (DEP)(DBP)(DIBP)(DIHP)

  • DBP (dibutyl phthalate) and DEP (diethyl phthalate) are often found in nail polishes, deodorants, perfumes, cologne, aftershave lotions, shampoos, hair gels and hand lotions.
  • DEHP (di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate or Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate) is used in PVC plastics, including some medical devices.
  • BzBP (benzylbutyl phthalate) is used in some flooring, car products and personal care products.

Be wary of the term “fragrance,” which is used to with a combination of compounds, possibly including phthatates, which are a subject of recent concern because of studies showing they can mimic certain hormones.

Preventative Measures

Ventilation: Good ventilation systems reduce the need for air fresheners by stopping the need to cover up odors and naturally eliminate unpleasant odors. Air fresheners cannot substitute for adequate ventilation.

Use Natural and Safe Air Freshener: Alternatives: many products are available that offer healthy alternatives to commercial air fresheners.

  • Organic Odor Control
  • organic soy and beeswax candles
  • natural potpourri
  • fresh flowers or herbs
  • natural essential oils
  • baking soda

Businesses that are looking to find non-toxic air fresheners should investigate available products to ensure not only their own health but also the health of their employees.

the truth about air fresheners

References:

United States Environmental Protection Agency
Science Lab
Sigma Aldrich
ECHA – European Chemicals Agency
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS): Formaldehyde
Refuels Recycling Contaminated Fuels
State of New Jersey


Clifford WoodsClifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services
and Organic Environmental Technology.
We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Natural Organic Solutions

The Benefits of an Organic Dry Erase Board Cleaner

The Benefits of an Organic Dry Erase Board Cleaner

By Clifford Woods

Dry erase boards are used all over the world, at seminars, in classrooms and even in the comfort of homes. You are more likely to find them in an official setting than you are likely to find a pen because these implements are replacing paper more and more each day.

Organic Dry Erase Board CleanerThe only catch when using these useful items is that they have to be cleaned. The question most of us do not ask ourselves however is, what is in the cleaner we use for these boards? Is it healthy for humans to use at all?

Since the advent of the dry erase boards, many companies have set out to make a killing on the cleaners. Each company has its formula for coming up with the best cleaner possible and the cleaner is more often than not packaged inside a spray bottle for easy use. Unfortunately, efficient and convenient as they may seem, these fluids are made from inorganic ingredients that are toxic and therefore harmful to human beings. Body parts that come in contact with the cleaner such as the eyes, the skin, the nose and even the mouth can come to a lot of harm through continued use of these inorganic cleaner fluids.

It is common knowledge that most inorganically formulated board cleaner sprays contain isopropyl, ethanol and dichloroacetic acid. These are not naturally occurring and when used over a long period of time can cause severe damage to the human body as a whole. A great alternative to these harmful inorganic cleaning products is an organic dry erase board cleaner.

These are made using 100% natural ingredients and pose zero or no danger at all to the user regardless of how long they are used. A standard organic dry erase board cleaner would normally contain simple ingredients such as water, beneficial microorganisms, molasses, sea salt and other ingredients that pose no danger of any kind to the user.

A severely stained erase board may not become spotlessly clean when this kind of organic cleaner is used, but it will clean the it enough to be used efficiently. This alone can reduce the frequency with which inorganic cleaners are used.

An even better and more interesting way for you to make your dry erase board clean is by formulating your own safe cleaning product. Hand sanitizers can double up as a cleaner for instance. Water mixed with vinegar is also an option when it comes to a home-made cleaning fluid for your board. Other mixtures that have been known to function aptly include toothpaste infused into hairspray. Organic glass cleaner also gets the job done without leaving behind drastic health hazards.

Organic dry erase board cleaners are largely preferred over inorganic for a number of reasons.

First and foremost is the health issues mentioned. No use having a clean board that you will not be around to use long enough now is there? Secondly is the fact that these cleaners can be made right at home, using locally available ingredients. This not only reduces your expenditure but also makes the process safe for everyone.

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Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology.

We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Environmentally Friendly Products.

Chemical Free Schools

Chemical Free Schools

By Clifford Woods

Chemical Free Schools

You would like to think that any environment in which kids spent most of their waking lives would be near enough 100% chemical free and therefore as safe as possible. Sadly however this has proven not to be the case as according to the results of recent studies, an alarming number of schools across the Western World are still packed to the rafters with harmful products and toxic chemicals that stand to cause untold damage in those most sensitive to harm.

So what exactly are children at risk from in such environments?If a person was to actually have free run of a school for a couple of hours, chances are they would be in for quite the surprise as to how many chemicals and toxins are present outside the confines of the science labs. Committees push for chemical free schools as the potential to do great harm in the years to come is real, but in the meantime awareness is still crucial.

Solvents: Various paints, marker pens and craft supplies that may not have been vetted for safety. Cleaning Products: Any number of cleaning products used by cleaners and the kids themselves from time to time that haven’t been thoroughly checked for harmful chemicals.

Vinyl: Certain types of vinyl products and supplies have been found to contain dangerous levels of toxins and still perpetuate in schools.Airborne Heaters and air-conditioners cleaned, maintained or built with toxic products/components.

Take into account the above examples along with dozens of others and it can begin to appear that pushing for chemical free schools is an impossible task, but the truth is in fact quite to the contrary.

Simple Steps: In order to protect the health of future generations, it is simply a case of taking small though decisive steps to introduce only natural products in schools and begin ruling out their harmful counterparts.

There is really no reason to sit back and accept that there are children at risk.

How to get started? Consider the following:

  • Rule out the purchase of any further vinyl products, as they may be inherently toxic. Promote the use of recycled and 100% organic paper products.
  • Increase trash awareness and promote the use of reusable containers.
  • Organize discussion groups to air concerns and plan initiatives.
  • Check all cleaning supplies and immediately replace with chemical free products.
  • Ensure all craft supplies used are 100% safe and natural.
  • Eliminate the use of pesticides and chemicals both inside and outside the building.

The list goes on to encompass every part of the school where harmful substances may be in use. It isn’t a case of trying to revolutionize the whole establishment overnight, but rather to build awareness and take the first steps toward insisting on chemical free schools as these chemicals can cause harm to kids and teachers alike.

A Clear Choice: Fully natural, safe and organic products for use in schools are not only beneficial to the health of kids and the planet alike, but are also just as effective and affordable as their chemical counterparts. There really is no excuse for accepting anything less.

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Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology.

You can find out more about our Organic Cleaners at www.effens.com

We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Environmentally Friendly products

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