Back to School Buyer’s Guide – College Edition

It’s mid-August, which means that summer is nearly over and school is almost in session. For college students who live on campus the transition from the comfort of home to the dorm room can be quite difficult. The transition is also difficult for parents who have to make sure that their young scholars are prepared for life on their own. While it’s important to remember essentials like soap, toothpaste, towels, bed sheets, and clothes, here at Filters Fast we’ve compiled a list of back-to-school items that you may not have thought of or even anticipated.

1. Brita Pitcher “Slim Model” Water Filtration System

Brita Pitcher

Students living in a dormitory on campus may not have continual access to water in the way they do at home. A Brita Pitcher allows you to fill up on water all at once and store it in your refrigerator. This “Slim Model” includes a pitcher with a filter to reduce lead, mercury, copper, and cadmium from water and is shaped to provide extra room in the fridge. Finding clean water is made simple with this pitcher filter that is affordably priced.

 

2. Brita Bottle Blue Water Purifier

Brita Water Bottle - Blue

In addition to ensuring that your children have clean water in their living spaces, be sure that they have a portable method of carrying water with them to classes. The Brita Water Bottle provides an option for filtering water on the go without sacrificing taste or portability. The bottle holds 24 ounces and can be refilled approximately 150 times before needing a filter replacement.

 

3. Klean Kanteen Bottles

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Klean Kanteen water bottles are perfect for carrying water on the go, whether it’s on the way to class or for a camping trip. At Filters Fast we provide many different shapes and sizes for Klean Kanteen bottles which are BPA-free and made of food-grade stainless steel. They also feature attractive and durable designs in several color options.

 

4. Filtrete Water Station – Four Bottle Water Filter

3M Filtrete Water Station

The Filtrete Water Station provides the clean water of a filter and the portability of a water bottle. Simply fill the station with water from the sink and the station will filter that water into 4 reusable BPA-free water bottles that you can take anywhere. This water station provides drinking water that is both portable and clean. In addition, the filter and the bottles are easily replaced.

 

5. Whirlpool Refrigerator Deodorizer

Whirlpool Refrigerator Deodorizer

If your children have a refrigerator it’s important to make sure that the food in the fridge stays fresh. The Whirlpool Refrigerator Deodorizer fits easily onto the shelf of the refrigerator and leads to fresher, longer lasting produce and fruit. It also absorbs strong food odors for your convenience.

 

6. TrueAir Plug Mount Odor Eliminator with Scent

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Help your children maintain high indoor air quality in their dorm or apartment with this TrueAir Plug Mount Odor Eliminator. This air odor eliminator features a carbon filter that neutralizes and eliminates unpleasant odors while also freshening the air. This plug mount odor eliminator can be used in many different types of rooms and helps increase air quality.

 

7. TrueAir Room Odor Eliminator Air Cleaner

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The TrueAir Room Odor Eliminator Air Cleaner is an air cleaner that keeps entire rooms smelling fresh and clean. This odor eliminator utilizes 3 carbon filters to trap and neutralize odors instead of simply masking them. Its compact size allows it to fit snugly in a small room in need of odor removal or air freshening. This odor removal tool has multiple applications, including kitchen, smoke, bathroom, and pet areas.

 

8. Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier – Drop Shape

Crane-Drop-Shape-Humidifier

In some areas air quality could be improved by having moister air. The Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier provides the additional moisture you need in this Drop Shape model that is both aesthetically pleasing and compact. The Crane humidifier provides relief for dry skin and the symptoms associated with coughs, colds, and the flu, and supplies indoor moisture for easier breathing and the relief of nasal congestion, dry cough, sinus irritation.

Seeds of Moringa Tree Used to Purify Water

An ancient technique for purifying water may offer new hope for the over 1 billion people who have no access to clean drinking water.  The Moringa oleifera tree has been used for hundreds of years by people in Sudan to purify water, as well as for food.  The method has never been widely disseminated, but in 2010 a publication by Michael Lea revealed the Moringa tree’s properties.  According to Lea, when the seeds of this tree are crushed into powder and mixed with surface water, a reduction of bacteria by 90-99 percent can be achieved.

This news provides great hope for those living in areas where the tree is widely grown, including Africa, Central and South America, India, and Southeast Asia. In Ghana, the Moringa tree is grown on plantations, and its leaves are used for food and the seeds used as a spice. According to the UN site IRIN, the tree grows quickly and resists drought, and can be grown in many areas.  The seeds are soft and can be easily crushed, the IRIN site further states.  The fact that the tree is already widely grown, and the ease with which the seeds can be crushed, make this method ideal for those without other sources of water purification.

Kebreab Ghebremichael, a water purification expert with UNESCO, states that using the seeds of Moringa tree is probably best employed at a household level.  According to him, the seeds would pose problems with odor and taste if forced to sit for extended periods of time when used on a large scale basis.  He further states that this method would work better for surface water than with underground water, and that it is best used for emergencies and where other methods of water purification are not available.

EPA Develops New Water Quality Software

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) has developed a new water quality software to improve our drinking water systems and ensure the safety of our nation’s water supply. The software is named “Canary,” perhaps taken from the phrase “canary in a coalmine“; when one canary dies down below, miners are alerted to evacuate immediately.

The software works in conjunction with water quality sensors placed throughout the water supply that can detect a variety of biological and chemical contaminants like pesticides, metals and pathogens. When contamination is detected, a “Do Not Drink” alert can be issued.

Canary was piloted by the Greater Cincinnati Water Works utility in 2007. It is available worldwide and is currently being evaluated in four U.S. cities – New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Francisco – as well as in Singapore.

This innovative software is certainly an achievement. However, it will still require the use of disinfecting chemicals like chlorine to rid water of harmful contaminants. These chemicals give water a bad taste and are toxic over time. The safety of your drinking water can be further improved with the use of a water filter system that effectively removes chlorine, pesticides, metals and other contaminants. And if a “Do Not Drink” alert is ever issued in your city, you may not have to heed the warning.