When The Gym Isn’t As Healthy As It Seems

Who goes to the gym just to come back out sick? Seems like such an oxymoron, doesn’t it. Between treadmills and Zumba class, we’re either sculpting that perfect summer body or releasing built-up tension from the long work day.

But what if the same holy shrine that encompasses our own mini makeovers is also the same breeding grounds for ingesting high levels of dangerous gases? Well, hold on to your yoga pants because researchers from Portugal and Holland have found that the gym could actually be making you sick.

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Picture this: You’re in the middle of spin class, pushing through that last minute of dear agony, and the class is hyperventilating in unison. Now while you may be exhaling that last bit of guilt over your third piece of chocolate cake, what you’re actually inhaling are high doses of hazardous gases. Among the culprits is carbon dioxide, which when put into perspective, makes total sense. You are in a confined space with intensified breathing and little to no air circulation. Now let’s go a step further. Not only are you inhaling high levels of CO2, but because you are breathing in and out of your mouth you actually end up taking the gases straight to your lungs, as opposed to being filtered through your nose.

As a matter of fact, not only is CO2 one of the main saboteurs to your health routine, the study found that certain gyms also had airborne dust and formaldehyde levels exceeding all the safety standards for indoor air quality! Quick science lesson here; formaldehyde is found in embalming fluid, glues, paints, and a whole other variety of household products. Long-term exposures to such substances are unclear, but many believe that at high levels these gasses are cancer causing agents.

 

With today’s modernization, industrialization and a fast paced world, there has been countless advice from medical experts and health professionals in the print, broadcast, internet and social media that lifestyle diseases like diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, asthma, obesity, cancer, respiratory infections and a host of other ailments are brought about by our sedentary lifestyles and lack of exercise.

This has led to the mushrooming of many fitness centers and gymnasiums allover such that it has become brisk business to operate such fitness outlets. People from all walks of life will always be found sweating and stretching their bodies to the limits in gyms.
In a sharp ironic twist, recent research has shown that going to the gym may actually be having a reverse effect to your health than what one would actually think. It has been found that the air quality in these gyms has been compromised by the presence of toxicants that are inhaled in the event of exercising.

These pollutants include:

• Carbon dioxide

Carbon dioxide is a product of complete combustion and also a product of human exhalation. With the heavy breathing, huffing and puffing inside gyms brought about by strenuous exercising, carbon dioxide is exhaled and circulated in copious amounts. Though carbon dioxide is in itself not a harmful gas to humans, it is an indoor pollutant and usually causes a greenhouse effect to the environment.

• Particulate matter

Particulate matter include dust particles that are to be found everywhere from the shoes we wear to the walls and floors of indoor facilities. Without exception, dust particles are sure to be found in the gym in plenty and with the deep breathing involved, a lot of it will be inhaled. Dust particles when inhaled can lead to upper respiratory tract infections and can even be an allergen trigger to diseases like asthma.

• Formaldehydeformaldeide

This is one of the indoor pollutants that can be found in the gym. Formaldehyde can be produced from some upholstery of furniture and carpets that can be found in gymnasiums. The adverse effects of formaldehyde when introduced into the human body over a long period of time cannot go unmentioned and also cannot be underestimated.

• Carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a product of incomplete combustion. Carbon monoxide readily combines with hemoglobin in the human body to form carboxyhaemoglobin which prevents the transfer of oxygen to tissues. The affinity of hemoglobin to carbon monoxide is 210 times its affinity to oxygen. This pollutant can be found in considerable amounts in gyms and the adverse effects to human health are many including headache, dizziness, nausea and breathing difficulties. The effects of carbon monoxide over a long period of time can also not be underestimated.

• Molds

These can come from microbes such as fungi that can grow in heating and cooling systems due to excessive moisture. With such indoor equipments commonly found in gyms, there actually exist some considerable health effects that can come as a result of breathing in these toxic pollutants.

Other indoor pollutants that may be present in some amounts in gyms include but not limited to ozone, asbestos and some hydrocarbons which when exposed to the human body over a long period of time can cause adverse health effects.
With these research findings that the gym, a place where people go to improve the general state of their health can actually be having an opposite effect due to the presence of toxic indoor pollutants, then it remains to be seen what can be done to improve on the quality of air we breathe so that the health of people exercising in the gym will not be at stake for the long haul.

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So what’s an exercise junkie supposed to do? As wonderful as being outside can be, sometimes you just don’t want the construction crew checking out your yoga poses. The next best solution? Scope out the gym for any U-Monitor and AIRcel devices or Pure-Air Zone signs BEFORE your workout. If you don’t see any, speak with the manager about having some brought in. These devices measure the air quality in real time and work immediately to resolve any high levels of disgustingness that could be lingering. Clean air, all day every day. Fresh air, on the other hand, may have to wait until you leave the locker room.

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So the next time you jump off the treadmill and feel light-headed remember, you may be feeling the euphoria of finally having a bikini-ready body, OR you may have just ingested a truck load of dangerous gasses!

The only way to know for sure, look for a Pure-Air zone sign.

Become a member today and join the fist green community base on clean air!

If you are a gym owner and you are not yet a Pure Air Zone, BECOME ONE TODAY.

 

 

Vision problems? Include air pollution in the possible causes

Recent AIIMS study shows how much air pollution exposure  is damaging your eyes.

We have known for many years that air pollution can directly affect our health, and that living in heavily polluted areas can cause an increase in the incidence of lungs and heart issues. What we didn’t know was that air pollution can damage our eyes, too. AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Science) recently conducted a survey that involved 5000 people who visited the hospital between 2013 and 2014, giving them a questionnaire aimed at assessing the prevalence of eye problems.

What did AIIMS discover?

According to the results of the survey, around 10-15% of the people who responded had symptoms like watery eyes, redness or itchiness, and 65% of those people were men between 20 and 40 years. Many people complained because their eye problems affected their productivity, and interfered with their life.

The doctors involved in the survey said that in the past dry eyes were a common problem in elderly patients, but that now younger people are getting them too. The medical director of Centre for Sight also said that the number of patients who are treated for chronic irritation of the eyes and allergic conjunctivitis is getting higher every year, and that the patients present the same symptoms all year round, while in the past they were more common during the pollen season.

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What caused these symptoms?

Prolonged exposure to air pollution affects the tear ducts, which is why many people complain of dry eyes. Also, particular matter and toxic fumes can adhere to the outer surface of the eye in the same way pollen does, damaging the tear film. These problem can worsen and become chronic, putting the patients at risk of severe complications.

Is the level of air pollution in India comparable with the ones in Europe and America?

The study was conducted in India, which is together with China one of the most polluted country in the world. While the pro-capita emissions of greenhouse gases is low, India is heavily populated and so the levels of air pollution in big cities is very high. According to a research conducted in 2004, the level of particulate matter in the air (expressed in micrograms per cubic meter) was 150 in Delhi and 128 in Kolkata. Other cities had lower levels, for example Mumbai were the level was only 63.

During the same year, the level of particulate matter in big European and American cities was way lower: for example, it was around 30 in Milan and Rome, 11 in Paris, 22 in Berlin and 21 in London. It was 21 in New York and 34 in Los Angeles.

This difference is due to the fact that developing countries such as India and China are still using fuelwood and biomass as their primary sources of energy. Also, these countries don’t regulate vehicle emissions as tightly as other countries do, and since the recent economic development led to an increase in the number of vehicles on the streets, there was also a big increase in air pollution.

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Then, why should we worry?

The figures quoted above are more than 10 years old, and they are also an average. Since then, we haven’t done nearly enough to lower emissions and pollution. Even if European and American cities are on average less polluted than Indian and Chinese cities, there are still people who are at risk of suffering eye problems caused by air pollution: for example, construction workers who work in busy streets, traffic officers, or people who like to run and cycle outdoors.

Also, a study presented at the 177th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2013 revealed that people living in areas with high level of air pollution were three to four times more likely to suffer from dry eye syndrome. The “areas with high level of air pollution” mentioned in the study were American cities like Chicago or New York, compared with rural areas where the level of pollutants was lower.

What precautions can we take in order to protect ourselves?

The only long-term measure that can lower of risk of having eye issues due to pollution is to decrease the level of air pollution. Until this happens, we must take steps in order to protect our eyes. It is helpful to wash the eyes regularly, avoiding rubbing them if they are itchy and using artificial tears instead. Wearing protective goggles can also help, especially when we are in heavily polluted areas.

While we cannot control the air quality outdoors, we can also take steps to have better air indoors: since low humidity worsen the symptoms, it can be helpful to use a humidifier. A high-quality air filter can also help making air cleaner in the home. Finally, there are supplements that can help lubricate the eyes and the skin, such as flaxseed oil, but it is important to speak with a doctor before starting to take any supplement.

U-earth biotechnologies has developed AIRcel professional air purifiers, which are proving to be the most effective systems on the market which attract and destroy ALL AIR CONTAMINANTS with a single technology.

AIRcels create Pure Air Zones, guaranteed pollution free environments by U-monitor , air quality monitoring system. Limiting air pollution exposure  is the most important action you should always keep in mind if you want to avoid serious health problems.

Learn where to find a Pure Air Zone, or how to create one in your company.

More info on www.u-earth.eu

why is the Paris conference on climate change so important?

 

The 6 FAQ to explain what to this edition of COP21 is all about.

What is the United Nation Conference on Climate Change?

The COP21 – 21st Conference of the Parties – is a summit that will be held in France from 30 November 2015 to 11 December 2015. Ministers and high ranking government officials from more than 190 countries will gather in the city of Le Bourget in order to discuss how to reduce global greenhouse gas emission and how to keep global warming below 2° C. The summit will be preceded by COY11, the 11th Conference of Youth, which will take place from the 26th to the 28th of November. The Conference of Youth is an event held before every Conference of the Parties; this year it is expected to involve thousands of people, with workshops and activities related to climate changes and sustainable living.

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What is the expected outcome of this summit?

The expected outcome of this summit is a binding agreement on climate change, that will be hopefully be signed by all countries and that will last at least a decade. One of the most important goal of the agreement will be to cut greenhouse gas emissions: some countries have already committed to this goal, but even if all countries agree to cut emissions, it will not likely be enough to keep global warming below 2°C, let alone stop it. For this reasons, it was suggested to try and engage “non-state” entities such as cities, local government and private businesses, urging them to do more and cut emissions.

What about the Kyoto Protocol, then?

The Kyoto protocol required each ratifying country to cut its emissions of 5% by 2012, compared to the levels in 1990. It was adopted in 1997, but it could not enter into force until enough countries to represent at least 55% of global emissions had ratified it. Since the USA – then the world’s bigger emitter of greenhouse gas – refused to ratify the treaty and since developing countries were kept out of the protocol and allowed to increase emissions in order to help their economies, it could not come enter into force until 2005, when Russia passed the treaty.

The protocol was originally expected to last until 2012, but the Doha conference held in Qatar in 2012 extended it until 2020. So, in five years there will be absolutely no international agreement on climate change; besides, the world’s bigger emitter of greenhouse gas is now China, which was not included in the Kyoto Protocol.

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Why is a global agreement on climate change necessary?

Most scientists agree that if we don’t take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, global warming will soon become irreversible and it will have catastrophic consequence. If we don’t do anything, temperature will rise about 5°C: while this might seem like a small rise, it is the same difference as the one between today’s world and the last ice age. With a 5°C rise, the ice at the poles will melt and entire cities will be submerged by water. Entire species of animals and plants will die, and the entire human race will be in danger.

From a political point of view, a new treaty will be needed when the Kyoto Protocol will be no longer in effect. In order for the new agreement to be effective, it needs to be ratified by both China and the USA, and it is also important to impose sanctions on countries that will fail to meet the treaty’s requirements; this was not done with the Kyoto Protocol, and this is one of the reasons why it failed to meet its objectives.

Why wasn’t an agreement signed at the Copenhagen UN Climate Change summit in 2009?

While the Copenhagen summit didn’t result in a formal agreement, most countries agreed to limit their greenhouse gas emissions, although not enough to stop global warming. One of the issues that wasn’t resolved was finance: poorer countries need help to invest in clean technologies that will allow them to reduce their emissions, and they want richer countries to give them this help. During the Copenhagen summit, rich countries agreed to a plan which guaranteed financial assistance to poorer countries until 2020, but it was not deemed enough.

Moreover, there are disagreements about the source of the funds that will be used to provide assistance: most countries don’t want, or can’t afford to provide funding based only on their public money. They want international development banks and private donors to provide most of the funding. Finding an agreement on financial matters will likely be one of the main issues that will arise in the summit.

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What will be the key points of the agreement?

In order to be effective, the agreement will have to be universal: this means that it will be signed and ratified to all countries. It must also be ambitious in order to send all countries a clear message: it is now time to transition to a low carbon economy, favoring green fuels and renewable energies. It must also be balanced between mitigation and adaptation, giving all countries enough resources to meet the requirements, and flexible in order to be suitable for both big and small nations, developed and developing countries. Finally, it must be sustainable and dynamic, with long-term goals and periodic reviews in order to strengthen its action.

What can we do to team up and show the world we care?

People, companies, movements are more and more gathering up to raise awareness on the importance of respecting our planet through a range of different actions. U-earth biotechnologies has launched a campaign for Air Quality standards to be raised to the highest possible levels, and provided Pure Air Zones in public spaces for everyones minimal exposure to air pollution. The campaign’s video #iwantpureair is below for you to see and share. Thank you.

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#iwantpureair campaign video

 

 

WHAT AIR QUALITY ARE YOU BREATHING AROUND YOU, RIGHT NOW?

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With U-monitor, the revolutionary REAL TIME professional  Air Quality monitoring system, you can see it on your tablet.the revolutionary REAL TIME Air Quality monitoring system, you can see it on your tablet. Launch @ Ecomondo 2015.

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Torino, October 13, 2015 – KNOWING PRECISELY WHAT YOU ARE BREATHING, WHERE AND WHEN is a basic requirement if at stake is put human health. What better audience for the launch of a system so necessary as innovative than Ecomondo 2015, the international green tech trade show, held in Rimini, Italy, between November 3 and 6, 2015.ecomondo

U-earth is an international company with headquarters in Italy and Switzerland, founded in 2012 with the mission to develop an exclusive US patent developed for the need of increased protection and decontamination in the event of environmental disasters and chemical and biological weapons. U-earth is the only company using this revolutionary biotechnology for PROFESSIONAL air purification, in industrial, commercial and medical settings, and is a producer of AIRcel, a powerful freestanding air purifier effective for the elimination of odors and all air contaminants, indoor and outdoor. AIRcel is now used by the best companies in the world including Ferrari, Fresenius Medical Care, NTV, Banca Fideuram, Buzzi Unicem, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and many others.

U-MONITOR air monitoring system

U-MONITOR air monitoring system

Given the need to effectively control the progress of the contaminants in the air as preventive diagnosis and later as evidence of the good operation of its air purifiers, the team of Air Quality Specialist U-earth developed U-monitor, the first professional system for the sampling of the major environmental parameters in real time, managed by a proprietary software in cloud, which allows the analysis of trends in air quality by specialists and the customer during the entire period of operation, through smartphones, tablets and PCs.

“How much pollution is produced during certain processing steps? How does polluted air migrate inside the rooms and with what peaks? What is the efficiency of the HVAC ventilation system, and how long it remains efficient after cleaning the filters? What happens at night or during periods of closure? Do the contaminants and odorous gases migrate outside the plant? Does the dynamic change in winter or in summer?says Betta May, CEO of U-earth,” U-monitor turned out to be for our specialists a powerful investigative tool, which allows you to become aware of the state of Typical contaminants 24/7, with real-time updates, and then to be able to provide detailed information with respect to the real effectiveness of technologies and best practices adopted anti pollution”.

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This also applies in Outdoor Environment. U-earth in fact, is proposing U-monitor to the environmental departments of European cities to be able to perform an accurate control of the dynamics of the dispersion of pollutants derived from traffic, heating and industry. An evolved and intelligent city today can measure in real time the progress of the contaminants and their efficiency in response to events such as the stop of the traffic, rain and wind, the lower night traffic, the efficiency of congestion-free zones but also the detect the values of exposure in sensitive areas such as playgrounds, schools and heritage building areas, the most affected by urban pollution.

U-monitor is being presented at Ecomondo 2015 in the U-earth biotechnologies stand in the D3 Pavilion, booth 075, where you will be able to see the device in action while measuring air quality in real time.

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The core business of U-earth is to provide environments of fresh air “certified” by the continuous monitoring of U-monitor, called Pure Air Zone.

logo pure air zone“Pure Air Zone” is an eco-environmental project that aims to aggregate more and more people and companies that pay attention to environmental protection and health, in order to spread this revolutionary system in industry, medical and commercial spaces, providing air quality at an standard which has so far not been reached. The website of the first international community for the pure air is www.pure-air-zone.com. The aim of the #IwantPUREair campaign , launched by U-earth biotechnologies to raise awareness about the importance of breathing clean air, is to gather support from individuals as promoters of the project in the form of participation in dedicated social media , and companies that want to become Pure Air Zones.

U-earth strongly supports the right for everyone to breathe pure air. Unfortunately there are no quality standard to ensure this in public spaces and therefore governments and companies are reclutant to invest in Clean Air Technologies despite the vast scientific literature on the serious damages of air pollution on human health. The young company marketing strategy relies on the support of the growing demand of the end users, the people who will enjoy the benefits of Pure Air as a standard,  therefore increasing the market standard, just as it happened with WIFI connectivity availability, bypassing lengthy regulation implementation.

The use of U-earth technology is rapidly growing in cases where odor and contamination issues are not solvable wit any other technology on the market like sewage and waste treatment plants, trash transfer stations, metal machining and automotive industry, hospitals and crowded public spaces.

In parallel, many excellent companies in the world understood the power of Pure Air Zone ADV strategy, used as a powerful tool for green marketing and brand values communication. Those gold standard companies thrive to continuos improvement of the environmental goals set is their sustainability reports, and create Pure Air Zones in their working spaces, choosing to offer to their employees and customers the most precious element for life: Pure Air.

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For any further information or Hi-res  images please contact:

Press Office “Pure Air Zone” (www.pure-air-zone.com)

Mara Roz Tel. +39 (0)11 19666731

Email info@u-earth.eu

Sewage odor management is possible: Como success story

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Case study on how biotechnology has eliminated odor complaints  from sewage treatment plant in the middle of town.

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Como, Italy. October 13, 2015 – Breathing clean air even in industrial environments, protecting workers from environmental fugitive emissions and simultaneously eliminating odors emitted outside, today is a reality than can be easily implemented through the latest generation of powerful biological systems for air purification.

There is a great difficulty of many industrial plants in curbing emissions of odors migrating outside the plant, which sometimes lead to the extreme solution of the plant closure by the local authorities on the basis of complaints of surrounding citizens. Today the theme of odor containment  is an emergency to be solved very quickly.

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U-earth is an international company specialized in a revolutionary biotechnology for air purification in industrial, commercial and medical settings, producing a breakthrough system for the elimination of odors and all air contaminants, indoor and outdoor.

Thanks to AIRcel, the freestanding  “bio-reactors”, fed by a consortium of microorganisms of natural source, certified non-pathogenic and NOT OGM, through an unprecedented phenomenon of attraction for “molecular electric charge”, the contaminants in the environment are attracted in the bio-reactors without a need of ducts which lead to the system, and digested by the microorganisms for bio-oxidation.

Said in simpler words, thanks to 20 years of research background of professor Sam Sofer at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, U-earth has created a system that miniaturizes what nature does to self-clean pollutants, using water, air and bacteria, able to attract and digest any form of pollution, whether chemical or biological, with no limit on the measure (fine dust) and type (volatile organic compounds, gases, viruses and pathogenic bacteria).

BACKGROUND

The sewage water treatment plant  in the first basin of Lake Como, managed by Comodepur spa, is deployed within urban setting, bordering the town. By their nature, these types of plants, in some stage of manufacture, may emit unpleasant odors. The company has worked over the years to acquire all the possible technologies and best practices for the control of odors, in order to minimize such disruption to neighboring houses. Citizenship, for its part, has set up a Citizens’ Committee in charge of bringing to public attention the issue and communicate proactively with the company.

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The main problem stems from odor emissions originating from the processing and dumping of sludge after drying.

U-earth’s air purification system  has been installed in the sludge storage area, in the centrifuges zone and in the outside area of ​​transit of the vehicles entering the sewage treatment plant of Como, Italy, with the goal of reducing and contain odors inside the plant and and avoid dispersion into the city.

6 AIRcel®5000 units were installed in the plant, and 3  U-monitor devices for continuous monitoring of odorous gases and volatile organic compounds airborne were placed in topic areas to detect in real time initial baseline and pollution decrease after AIRcels were turned on.

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U-earth Comodepur installation

RESULTS

After three months of operation, the odor emissions and volatile organic compounds outside the building were cut down by 80%. It has not been registered any further  complaints from the citizens.

 U-monitor, first 90 days period decrease.

U-monitor, first 90 days period decrease.

U-earth air purifiers performance (blue) compared to baseline data ( gray)

U-earth air purifiers performance (blue) compared to baseline data ( gray)

U-EARTH SYSTEM

U-earth AIRcel range

U-earth AIRcel range

AIRcel® is the most powerful air purification system in the world, the only science-based biotechnology for the removal of airborne contaminants, regardless of type or size of particles.

AIRcel® realizes the simultaneous removal of bacteria, viruses, volatile organic compounds, mold, allergens, fine particles and odors.

AIRcel® has the dual ability to capture airborne contaminants, through a natural biophysical principle of “electrical molecular charge attraction”, and to destroy them through the process of bio-oxidation, creating a real Pure Air Zone.

AIRcel® has a low environmental impact: no use of chemical pollutants for its operation, no filter to be disposed.

AIRcel® does not require air ducts or punctual emissions into the atmosphere (no chimney, no acid rain).

AIRcel® is a plug and play system, modular and easily scalable to production dynamics: upgradeable if production increases and vice versa.

Used at the workplace, AIRcel® decreases health risks, increases comfort and productivity of workers.

U-MONITOR

U-MONITOR air monitoring system

U-MONITOR air monitoring system

U-monitor, u-earth’s  monitoring device, measures constantly 24/7 air quality and makes available the data history collected through a web platform, accessible from any device connected to the internet at all times. The data are displayed in a user friendly manner to the reader, allowing comparison between periods, different types of contaminants, with every 5 minutes reading or daily average values, and many more extremely helpful analysis modalities. U-monitor can be also used non in conjunction with AIRcel air purifiers, as a powerful Air Quality analysis tool for every industry.

The result of the combined technologies is a quality standard which is not obtainable to date with any other technology on the market. Air quality is certified by U-Monitor, a unique system of air quality monitoring in real time developed by U-earth, which detects every five minutes the situation with respect to the categories of pollutants to be treated. The air is cleaned by AIRcel, the first and only biological air purifier for professional use on the market produced is 3 different sizes. The combination of the various devices creates what U-earth defines a “Pure Air Zone”.

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“Pure Air Zone” is an eco-environmental project promoted by U-Earth, an international leader in the care of the air through biotechnology, which aims to aggregate more and more people and companies concerned about environmental protection and health, to disseminate this revolutionary system in industry, medical and commercial settings.

Many excellent companies have already adopted U-earth system in Italy and in the world, and the technology is spreading rapidly where there are problems not solvable with other technologies such as sewage treatment plants, waste treatment sites, metal machining industry, hospitals, etc. In parallel, there are companies that aim at continuous improvement of environmental standards in their offices for sustainability reasons, and create  Pure Air Zones in their premises,  choosing to offer their employees and customers the most valuable asset for life, pure air.

U-earth is proud to have customers such Comodepur, Buzzi Unicem, Ferrari, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, NTV Italo train, Fresenius Medical Care, Banca Fideuram, Earthcolors, and many others.

What U-earth offers not just a device, but a scientific revolution. Numerous scientific publications were also presented in Italy thanks to the continuous collaboration with the Department of Environmental Engineering of the University of Bologna and Arpa Lombardia EPA.

U-earth system has been installed at the end of the month of July 2015 at the plant Comodepur, positioned in the center of Como.

Cosa ne pensi dell’aria? Il Piemonte lo chiede ai cittadini

Interessante iniziativa made in Piemonte: chiedere alle persone cosa pensano della qualità dell’aria.
Il settore Ambiente della Regione Piemonte ha predisposto un questionario on line e ha invitato i cittadini a esprimere un’opinione sulla qualità dell’aria che respirano ogni giorno.

piemonte_sestriereC’era tempo fino al 31 agosto per accedere al sito e contribuire con il proprio pensiero a rendere migliore l’ambiente. Infatti, sulla base delle 1400 risposte pervenute, sarà elaborato un “Piano per la qualità dell’aria” da attuare sull’intero territorio piemontese.

Noi ci prendiamo cura da sempre della qualità dell’aria: il nostro team è a vostra disposizione per effettuare un sopralluogo e verificare con voi come è possibile rendere migliore l’ambiente in cui trascorrete la vostra giornata. Per maggiori info, potete contattarci qui.

Quanti agenti inquinanti respiriamo a lavoro?

L’inquinamento indoor e la qualità dell’aria interna sono argomenti che da un po’ di anni interessano l’opinione pubblica. Già nel 2013 nell’ambito del progetto europeo OfficAir Project che ha preso in esame 200 edifici moderni adibiti a ufficio all’interno di 8 Paesi (Italia, Francia, Finlandia, Olanda, Ungheria, Grecia, Spagna e Portogallo), il CNR ha identificato 30 agenti inquinanti. Tra questi, sono stati riscontrati alti livelli di inquinamento dovuti a formaldeide, benzene e terpeni.ufficio_pure_air_zone
Negli uffici, dove i cittadini trascorrono la maggior parte della loro giornata, a peggiorare la qualità dell’aria interna sono le pavimentazioni, gli arredi in legno, le colle, le vernici e i prodotti per la pulizia, le fotocopiatrici e le stampanti.
Il dato rilevato è allarmante: negli uffici esaminati in Italia, in inverno, la concentrazione “indoor” di formaldeide, riconosciuto come cancerogeno, è di circa 15 microgrammi per metro cubo, mentre all’esterno si ferma a 4 microgrammi. In estate le concentrazioni aumentano e si passa a 18 microgrammi in interno e 9 in esterno. La soglia oltre la quale la formaldeide desta preoccupazione è 10 microgrammi per metro cubo.

Diventa necessaria una maggiore consapevolezza dell’aria che respiriamo. La salute e la produttività sul luogo di lavoro sono fondamentali. L’aria pulita attraverso un efficace sistema di depurazione è oggi possibile.

Fonte: Corriere della Sera

Asma e inquinamento indoor: lo studio a Palermo

Lo studio “Effect of indoor nitrogen dioxide on lung function in urban environment”, svolto dall’Istituto di biomedicina e immunologia molecolare del Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche in collaborazione con l’Istituto di scienze e tecnologie dell’informazione di Pisa e l’Istituto di analisi dei sistemi ed informatica di Roma, parla chiaro. In più di 300 abitazioni domestiche della città di Palermo i livelli di biossido di azoto (NO2) superano nel 25% dei casi i limiti (40 µg/m3) indoor definiti dall’Organizzazione mondiale della sanità. La ricerca mostra infatti una frequenza molto alta relativa al superamento delle soglie stabilite per l’inquinamento degli ambienti indoor. Asthma_attack-illustration_NIH

Ma soprattutto rivela un legame con l’insorgere di malattie respiratorie negli adolescenti. È risultato esposto ad elevate concentrazioni di NO2 nella propria abitazione quasi il 90% dei soggetti asmatici, mentre il 22% dei soggetti allergici ed esposti a elevate concentrazioni di NO2 indoor presentano asma corrente. Questo ancora una volta pone il problema degli effetti dell’inquinamento urbano sulla salute delle fasce di popolazione più suscettibile (bambini, anziani, adulti con preesistente patologia) anche all’interno delle proprie case.

Fonte: GreenInfo

EU research on Air quality in schools says children are at risk !

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Our children have a right to breathe clean air and stay healthy. Unfortunately, in the Italian and European schools they are exposed to many air contaminants.

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Symphonie, a research funded by the European Union, was responsible for assessing air quality in 114 schools with 5,175 children (264 kindergarden) and 1,223 teachers in 54 cities of 23 European countries, including Italy.

The survey found that 85% of pupils in Europe is exposed to fine dust in concentrations greater than 10 micrograms per cubic meter, average annual guideline value recommended by the WHO, half are exposed to excessive amounts of radon and a quarter are exposed to too much benzene, always referring to the EU and WHO parameters.

To this must be added that more than 60% of children are also exposed to high levels of formaldehyde and carbon dioxide. Breathing too many pollutants involves a greater risk of suffering from symptoms related to respiratory diseases and adversely affects those who already are suffering: 8% of schoolchildren suffer from asthma, 9% of nasal allergies and 17% of eczema. And 3.6% of the children had an asthma attack at school.

Improving the quality of indoor air is now possible. Adopting measures to provide air purification is essential. Our children deserve the best air purifier available on the market.

Ask your school to become a  Pure Air Zone.

the 4 best ways to avoid anti aging effects of air pollution

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Avoiding air pollution on your skin and in your lungs, will bring more oxygen to your blood cells and will keep your skin more radiant and young.

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Burning cole for heating, gasoline for an engine to work, a forest fire, anytime something gets burned there is a release of nano particles in the air. The direct damage from air pollution is that once inhaled, those particles will lodge into your lung tissue.

A similar process happens on the skin.

When you are walking in the street of a city like Honk Kong, Dubai, new York or London, alongside the traffic you get the exhaustion of the cars in your face plus related nano particles.

In this case  the nano particles touch the surface of the skin and start bouncing around poking holes in the skin’s collagen. The result is that the skin will loose its original structure and thickness. On top of this , the toxins on the skin surface clog up causing a number of skin problems like lack of circulation ( causing dry, dull skin), acne, puffiness, wrinkles.

The worst damage air pollution is responsible for is age spots. The pollution particles sitting on the surface of the skin while in urban environments increase the amount of melanin, or “skin pigmentation” , creating dark or discolored  spots.

French researchers also found that exposure to high levels of particulate is linked to suffer more easily of skin rashes and pink eye.  Not to mention the skin reaction to aerosolized environmental allergens found even in the countryside, released by chemical fertilizers and pollens.

There are a few ways to limit  the exposure, especially is walking in urban centers or riding a bike or a motorbike !!!!

1–    when outdoor limit the exposure to the pollutants by using a good anti pollution mask. U-mask for example is the first biotech mask in the world which will filter the air you are breathing to avoid pollution build up in your lungs, and also physically screen your face from the nano particles.

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2–    once home go religiously though a deep cleansing of the skin ( better if with natural products) in order to remove any larger particle sitting on your face.

3–   Eat heaps of anti oxidants. A diet rich of fruit and vegetables will help you fix your face. Vitamins A, C and E are the ons you mostly looking for and are found in red yellow and orange foods such as Oranges, carrots, and squash.

4-    spend as much as possible time in Pure Air Environments even when indoors. The exposure to indoor air pollution such as smoke, dust, mold, chemical in paints, furniture and cleaning products and  poor indoor air quality are one of the highest causes of premature aging and low productivity. Pure Air Zones will be your best choice when closing a gym , hotel, or any public space because it provide CERTIFIED  pure indoor air quality. Make sure the  air is treated with the best air purifiers on the market when you spend a lot of time in public spaces.

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