Amazing partnership bringing mattresses to displaced Haitians

 

 

The specially designed WorldBed will help displaced people in Haiti

The specially designed WorldBed will help displaced people in Haiti

With so much relief effort currently focused on Haiti, a unique partnership has come together to bring specially designed “transitional” mattresses called the “WorldBed” to the people there. 

 

U.S. mattress manufacturer Anatomic Global announced that they’ve partnered with five key suppliers – FXI Foamex Innovations, UPS, Deslee Textiles USA, Royal Packaging and the Brookwood Companies – and that the first 500 mattresses shipped from Southern California this past weekend expected to arrive in Haiti later this week. Thousands more will be shipped each week until a goal of supplying some 200,000 mattresses is reached. 

 

Covered with rugged nylon, this foam mattress is moisture resistant too

Covered with rugged nylon, this foam mattress is moisture resistant too

The “World Bed” has been designed as a cot-sized foam mattress that can be quickly shipped in volume to any area in need, anywhere in the world. The mattresses – made from raw, recycled or new materials – are covered in a rugged nylon cover and are specially treated to be moisture resistant. They have a specially designed strap so they can be rolled, secured and carried over one’s shoulder. Each one comes with care and use instructions and an announcement in English, French and Creole, stating it is a gift from members of the U.S. bedding industry.

 

This critically needed bedding is produced by several companies pulling their resources together to make a difference.

“There has never been concentrated destruction and human tragedy of the scale seen in Haiti,” said Anatomic Global CEO David Farley.

 

Five suppliers have come together to make a difference in Haiti

Five suppliers have come together to make a difference in Haiti

Anatomic Global said it was also re-investing all its corporate profits in the first quarter of 2010 to manufacture WorldBeds for Haitian relief. 

 

Farley said many of Anatomic Global’s distributors and retailers were in the process of joining the program along with other suppliers. He welcomes other mattress manufacturers to work with Anatomic Global on this initiative.

It’s good to know that corporate America is coming together like this, when so many need so much.

New kit will help keep pharmaceuticals out of our water

Prescription drugsOn March 10, 2008, MSNBC’s website read:

“Pharmaceuticals lurking in U.S. drinking water … AP probe found traces of meds in water supplies of 41 million Americans”

More stories have since revealed how extensive the problem’s  become. The real ramifications of prescription drugs in the water we drink hasn’t been fully determined but this news is certainly enough to scare the heck out of most of us.

Leave it to the ingenuity of a pharmacist and an engineer to come up with a viable solution.

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No wonder the environment is losing

The worldThere’s been much lamenting across the media about the apparent failure of the Copenhagen Summit last month. Yet in reading today’s headlines, it really couldn’t have ended any other way.

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With climate change comes … lilypads?

Living Lilypad 2Even conservative estimates suggest that by the year 2100 many low-lying islands and nations around the globe will be under at least a foot of water. With those kind of rising sea levels, where will those displaced folks live?

Belgian architect Vincent Callabaut has come up with an intriguing solution. His amphibious city – aptly named Lilypad - will be a car-free, clean energy paradise that can support 50,000 people with no additional external supplies. Wind and solar power will provide renewable energy, and suspended rooftop gardens will be for food production. This would be the most efficient, advanced, self-contained community ever dreamed of.

Living Lilypad 3Since the lilypad floats, it can be placed in any lake or on any ocean body, towed where needed. Each city will have a lake at its center for fresh water collection and will use solar, wind and wave power for energy generation.

Though Mr Callebaut is still working out the cost of this amazing concept community, one wonders if world leaders will give it credence or scoff it away. Then again, politicians being what they are, seeing the larger picture and taking effective action aren’t usually on their gameboard unless and until disaster is truly imminent.

Hmm…

"How green are you?" – the latest couples debate?

A growing trend - fighting over who's more "green"

A growing trend - fighting over who's more "green"

According to a recent New York Times article, therapists are reporting an increase in bickering  between couples and family members about how green they’re willing to become.Food in particular – whether it’s buying or eating habits – seems to be an emotionally charged issue. It seems that for some, battle lines are being drawn and judgement passed over how much someone does or doesn’t do.

A great deal of political correctness seems to have become wrapped around how green we are. But political correctness isn’t the point, not really. Isn’t it more about becoming aware of one’s actions and their impact on both our personal and global environment? 

 

Taking steps to green your life is what counts

Taking steps to green your life is what counts

Each person taking whatever steps they can, staring with small ones, is what makes the difference.  It’s important to remember Lautsu’s famous quotation: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

To judge someone on what they aren’t doing seems to be missing the point. It’s what they are doing that matters.

All of us can do more to make our lives more eco-friendly. The question is: have you begun yet? And, if so, what are the next steps you can take

 

Spongy Glass – an environmental and technological breakthrough

Spongy glassCleaning up pollutants and spills in waterways is no easy feat. A new discovery by Dr. Paul Edmiston called “Osorb” may well be the breakthrough that makes the difference.

Called spongy glass, as this new material swells up to eight times its dry weight, it soaks up liquids, binding with gasoline, chlorinated solvents and pollutants. Since it won’t bind to water, it can easily clean water and make it pollution free.  This unique glass can also be reused hundreds of times.

Absorbent Materials, the company Edmiston founded. will market the product. According to Stephen Spoonamore, Absorbent’s  CEO, “this technology may revolutionize Water/Environmental Remediation, BTEX recovery.”

It’s currently undergroing testing in the U.S.. This is definitely a product with wide-reaching application and something to keep an eye out for.

A proven, eco-friendly way to kill the H1N1 virus

 

Activeion's Ionator EXP - one of 2 new devices that effectively kills the H1Ni virus

The Ionator EXP - one of 2 new devices that kills the H1N1 virus

Use water to kill the H1N1 virus?

Sounds ludicrous, but recent lab tests confirm that the new ionator EXP™ and ionator HOM™ by Activeion Cleaning Solutions LLC does the job.

These simple hand-held devices ionize plain tap water, activating and convert it into a powerful dirt-removing and bacteria-killing product. Tests show that these devices kill the H1N1 influenza A virus in six seconds. They also effectively sanitize non-porous hard-surfaces. 

I tested an earlier version of this amazing device and wrote about it last year.

Activeion HomeFormer EPA Administrator Dr. Stephen L. Johnson,  who’s now an advisor to Activeion, says “testing concludes the ionator EXP™ and the ionator HOM™ provide for complete inactivation of the Pandemic 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus, when used as directed.”

Forbes Magazine just named this product one of 2009’s ten best “disruptive technologies that could change the world”.

The ionator EXP™ is currently available and designed for commercial use. A less expensive consumer version will be available in the spring,  though it’s available now in limited quantities.

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