Plants Are Some of Nature’s Best Air Purifiers

You may have already been aware that plants are one of nature’s best filters. Within the last few months, we have highlighted several plants that act as natural water purifiers. Oregano kills bacteria and viruses in water, as one high school student recently discovered through a science project. In addition, Moringa tree seeds kill bacteria, and may be used to provide clean water to people in developing nations in the future.

Plants are also some of nature’s best air purifiers. Though it has long been known that plants are able to take in carbon dioxide, researchers recently reported that plants clean air pollution even better than previously expected. Some plants excel at taking in chemicals known as oxygenated volatile organic compounds (oVOC’s), which form in the atmosphere from hydrocarbons and other chemicals from sources such as cars, construction, and ironically – plants. These chemicals have a negative long-term health impact on humans and their environment.

For better indoor air quality, you may want to keep several house plants around. These require extra responsibility, however, so if you’re looking for a lower-maintenance solution to your respiratory ailments, or if you want to improve on the performance of your plants, you may want to consider one of our many air purifiers. If you visit our website and the selection is too much to bear (we know – it’s pretty extensive), then look out for our buyer’s guide on air purifiers to be released in the near future.

Win $10,000 Worth of Healthy Products for your Baby’s Nursery

October is National Indoor Air Quality Month. Since November is only two days away, we thought we’d throw in at least one more post related to the subject of indoor air quality. But even after November comes, please know that it’s never too late to celebrate.

If you are a parent, GREENGUARD is here to help you celebrate through the rest of this year and into the beginning of 2011 with its “Big Bundle of Joy $10,000 Nursery Giveaway”, a sweepstakes that will help create healthier nurseries with better IAQ. One lucky grand prize winner will receive $10,000 worth of GREENGUARD certified, low-emitting products from from several manufacturers, completely customizing their nursery to protect the health of their baby. Since children are especially vulnerable to respiratory ailments like asthma, the quality of the air they breathe is crucial. GREENGUARD certified products emit lower levels of VOC’s so that your baby is breathing cleaner air.

If you want to ensure the highest level of protection for your baby, visit our post, “Filters For Kids – A Two Part Series, Continued” for other ways to improve the  indoor air quality in your child’s room or nursery.

GREENGUARD is committed to providing healthy indoor air for children outside the home as well. Recently, the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute launched an interactive school indoor air quality tour on its website, to inform parents, students and teachers on the ways in which IAQ impacts health and student performance.

How to Stay Healthy When You Travel

If you travel a lot, it’s important to stay healthy, and Filters Fast is here to help. Here are some unique ways that you can stay healthy when you’re on the go:

1. Stay in one of Hyatt’s hypoallergenic hotel rooms:

Hyatt Hotels will introduce 2,000 new hypoallergenic rooms in 125 different hotels across the country by the end of this year. These rooms are perfect for people with asthma, allergies or other respiratory sensitivities. They feature amenities that ensure cleaner air for guests, including hypoallergenic mattress covers and pillow cases and medical-grade air purifiers that remove 98 percent of airborne viruses, pollen and bacteria.

2. Use a Plane Clean Air Filter while in flight

Air on a plane is constantly recirculated, meaning all of the viruses and bacteria in the air are redistributed throughout the cabin over and over again. If you end up sitting next to someone who’s a little under the weather, you’ll be more at risk.  Protect yourself from these pathogens with a Plane Clean Air Filter. These attach easily to the overhead nozzle in most planes and remove 99.5 percent of all bacteria and viruses in the air stream.

3. Don’t forget your Filtered Water Bottle

When you’re away from home, you never really know how clean the water you’re drinking is. We have several options for travelers to get access to clean, filtered water, no matter where you are. The Katadyn MyBottle Water Microfilter is a personal water bottle with a filter that is easily inserted and reduces 99.99 percent of all bacteria and cysts as well as other contaminants, bad tastes and odors. This is great to have if you’re traveling to another country where the tap water is considered unsafe to drink. If you simply want to remove the chlorine taste from water that you know has been municipally treated, the 16 oz Filters Fast Filtered Water Bottle will do the job.

Now of course there are other “common-sense” ways to stay healthy while you travel: eat healthy, stay hydrated, take advantage of the fitness room at the hotel, and wash your hands frequently. But now you have a few other items you can add to your list that you may not have known about. Before your next trip, be sure to visit so you can try some of these out. We’d love to hear your feedback!