Stay-at-home orders increase demand for eco-friendly interiors

June 9, 2020 by  
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Lockdowns have forced many to stay home. With all that time inside, you can’t help but pay close attention to the interior details of your home. Many have turned to home improvement projects to make productive use of their time. The novel coronavirus has likewise forced many to become more health-conscious. It’s no surprise then that a joint study, administered by Harris Poll for eco-friendly manufacturer ECOS Paints , found 69% of those surveyed “have taken or plan to take action to make their home environment healthier as a result of COVID-19.” How can we make homes healthier and more eco-friendly? For one, 45% of those surveyed are cleaning the house more often. That’s followed closely by 43% who plan to “use eco-friendly paint, change air filters, add air purifiers, and/or add more plants to their home” to avoid harmful VOCs. Next, 17% are shifting toward natural or chemical-free household products, while 12% will cease using harsh chemicals as cleaners altogether. Another 10% are going to add a humidifier to their homes. Related: Scandinavian company Tikkurila debuts new paint collection to protect endangered species What are VOCs? The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines them as substances that emit gases that have adverse health effects. Their toxic fumes, for instance, can cause headaches, dizziness, respiratory irritation, visual impairments or more severe bodily reactions.  VOCs can be found in paints, varnishes, cleaners, disinfectants, air fresheners, pesticides and even hobby supplies. The use of eco-friendly paints and cleaning substances makes for a healthier home environment. So the pivot toward environmentally conscious products during the pandemic, as folks devote more time to home improvements, has piqued the interest of ECOS Paints.  “Having been in the home decor category for over 30 years, we believe this change in consumer behavior will significantly alter the industry,” said Julian Crawford, CEO OF ECOS. “Paint definitely impacts indoor air quality. ECOS Paints were originally created decades ago as a solution for individuals with chemical sensitivities, including children and babies who cannot tolerate strong odors and harsh chemicals. Today, ECOS has become a favorite among a broader market of consumers who care about creating healthier, wellness-focused living environments in their homes.” + ECOS Paints Image via Arek Socha

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Anaesthesia Gases Equal the Emissions of 1 Million Cars

December 3, 2010 by  
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It turns out the airline industry may not be the largest contributor to global warming after all. According to a joint study from the University of Copenhagen and NASA (along with anaesthesiologists from the University of Michigan Medical School ), the anaesthetic gases used by doctors and dentists during medical procedures have a heavy environmental impact. The study states that one kilo of anaesthetic gas, which is currently on its way to being banned in the EU, can impact the environment the same way as 1,620 kilos of CO2

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Microorganism Breakthrough Could Make Methane Production More Efficient

December 3, 2010 by  
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A team from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst have discovered a new cooperative behavior in anaerobic bacteria known as “interspecies electron transfer” that they believe could be used towards changing the global carbon cycle and how we understand bioenergy. In their research, the UMass team discovered that two different species of microorganisms were able to cooperate to consume food at a faster rate than they would be able to on their own. And since consumption of such matter could lead to the production of natural gases such as methane and is an increasingly popular method for producing natural gas, the finding could be a breakthrough for the renewable energy.

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