Naked Bike Ride Promotes Clean Air

Lose weight, look great, and save the planet while you’re at it. This is, perhaps, the message communicated by the hundreds of people in over 70 cities worldwide who have participated in the World Naked Bike Ride each year since 2004. (For the record, this is the first I have heard of such an event. And most likely the first that any one of us here at Filters Fast has heard of it, because otherwise it would have already been on our blog.)

The WNBR invites people from all backgrounds and of any age, male or female, to join in a non-sexual, fun event that draws attention to the negative impact of harmful greenhouse gas emissions on our environment – often the result of motor vehicle transportation. (Hence, the bike ride theme…). The dress code is “as bare as you dare,” and the event encourages both body paint and bicycle decor as a means of creative self-expression. The WNBR is meant to raise awareness in an attention-grabbing, yet non-threatening way. Since the BP oil spill, many people are becoming more and more conscious of our dependence on oil and the environmental damage it may cause. Cutting down on our use of motor vehicles is just one way to lessen that dependence, and what better way to encourage that than to ride through public streets naked on a bicycle?

Want cleaner air? The World Naked Bike Ride just might be in a city near you.

Greenguard School IAQ Tour

Without the proper precaution, schools can be a breeding ground for illness among the millions of children that attend each year.  It is perhaps with this in mind that Greenguard Environmental Institute recently launched an interactive school indoor air quality tour on its website. The tour takes place inside a graphic representation of a school with cartoon-esque teacher and student figures. There are three discussion topics: “IAQ Impacts Health”; “Maximize Fresh Air”; and “Create a Healthier School”. Clicking on each topic takes you to a screen with plus-sign markers located on different areas of the school room shown. Each marker provides a unique fact about school indoor air quality, as it relates to that particular topic. According to the information provided in the tour, indoor air pollution  affects the health of students in various ways: it leads to higher rates of asthma and health problems which increases absenteeism and productivity and lowers teacher retention.

Higher indoor air quality standards must be in place to ensure the success of students and teachers. The tour suggests several ways to minimize indoor air pollutants in schools, including opening windows to increase ventilation and natural light (both of which increase productivity), using air filters with the highest MERV rating available for the school’s HVAC system, and maintaining proper humidity levels. In addition to several discussion topics, the tour also features a quiz on minimizing pollutants.

Children spend the majority of their days in school, but home indoor air quality is equally important. Take our Home IAQ quiz to further ensure the safety of your indoor environment.

How Much Would You Pay for a Bottle of Water?

Last week, we did a post on pairing premium fine bottled water with food – an experience termed by some diners as “epicurean.” Premium bottled water is made for rare consumption and is likely more expensive than your average bottle of Dasani or Evian. Just how expensive, you ask?

Well, that depends on the water. The suggested retail value of Fillico Jewelry Water is $150 per set of two bottles. This is not just any bottled water, however. I would venture to say it goes beyond most premium bottled waters in several ways. Each bottle is decorated with Swarovski crystals and has a shiny (king or queen) crown cap. The bottles and caps are hand made piece by piece, so production is limited to no more than 5,000 bottles per month.

Are you impressed yet? It doesn’t end there…

The crystals aren’t the only thing you’re paying for (though they probably make up a large part of the reason for price). The water inside the bottles is natural spring water from Kobe, Japan – a location famous for the Japanese wine, SAKE. In fact, Fillico shares the same source with SAKE winery. (While we’re on the subject of pairing premium bottled water with food, perhaps this water would pair well with Kobe beef.) Fillico recommends the water for special occasions such as anniversary dinners or wedding receptions. Or if your teen has expensive taste, you may want to invest in the Hello Kitty collection. This special edition Fillico water comes in five different bottles, each with its own set of colored crystals which represent a different theme: yellow (heartful), pink (cute), lavender (sweet), green (wish),  and red (friendship).