Fresh air does not smell of fragrance

Frisk luft lukter ikke av parfyme.

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No more laundry detergent or smell

Research for better environment

“Tenants in Malmö Sweden now becomes the first in the world to test a technology that cleans clothes in cold water and no detergent. Laundry room installed in two high-rise residential Nydala in Malmo used by 70 tenants and has according to owner minimal environmental impact.
– No more buying laundry detergent and fabric softener and additionally wash machines with cold water. This is something that we are the first in the world to offer. It is clean and odor-free, says Magnus novel that is project manager at MKB. In the installed laundry room is a facility in a cabinet that filter the water and de-ionize it. When the deionized water come in contact with the fabrics in the washing machine breaking the ionic bond between the fibers and dirt.

MKB Fasighets AB has high hopes for the technology. Totally are washed six million washes in the property company laundries every year and to wash with cold water would give a very large energy savings. Detergent and fabric softener is no cost for the property, but also here the company sees many benefits as it would save the environment by creating less pollution, less packaging waste and less risk of allergies.
– We want to contribute to ecologically sustainable Malmö, says Magnus Röman. By testing this solution we hope to find one of the ways that can help us achieve our ambitious goals.

In the project, electricity consumption, water consumption and customer satisfaction will be measured during the six months that the company will then decide how to proceed.”

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I wish this works out, it would be dandy!

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#Norway Sentence for ignoring and exposing the population to harmful pollution levels @astmaalleri #astmaallergi #tryggluft #NAAF

Norge er dømt i Luxembourg for å ignorere luftkvalitet

Luxembourg – Norge: “Domstolen i Luxembourg setter nå et endelig punktum for luftkvalitetssaken NAAF har kjempet i nesten ti år. Norske myndigheter er dømt for i en årrekke å ha utsatt befolkningen i byene våre for helseskadelige nivåer luftforurensning. NO2 (Nox) og svevestøv, og i noen grad også SO2, har lenge forurenset mange byer i Norge. I flere år har luftforurensningsverdiene, særlig om vinteren, vært så høye at det var både helseskadelig og ulovlig. Norges Astma- og Allergiforbund (NAAF) har advart mot denne utviklingen i snart ti år. Da man ikke ble hørt, heller ikke i forhold til den skjebnesvangre dieselfavoriseringen i 2007, klaget forbundet i 2011 norske myndigheter inn for EFTA. Vi så rett og slett ingen annen utvei for å få slutt på eksponeringen man utsatte befolkningen for.

Siden den gang har ESA, EFTAS overvåkningsorgan, konkludert med at NAAF har helt rett, dette er både helseskadelig og ulovlig. ESA sendte da et offisielt brev til norske myndigheter der de redegjorde for saken og krevde forbedringer.

Heller ikke den nye regjeringen evnet dessverre tilfredsstillende å rydde opp i situasjonen og ble således trukket for retten i Luxembourg. Det er denne retten som nå har avsagt dom: Norge overholder ikke det europeiske luftforurensningsdirektiv.”

Norge er nå dømt i retten i Luxembourg for å unnlate å verne befolkningen mot luftforurensninger. Jeg vil gratulere NAAF for godt utført arbeid.

Det er kanskje dette som må til for å få slutt på den unødvendige forurensningen av parfyme i samfunnet som så mange blir sjuke av?

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Norway scentenced for ignoring air quality

Luxembourg – Norway: “The Court in Luxembourg is now putting a final end to the air quality issue NAAF has fought for almost a decade. Norwegian authorities are sentenced for during a number of years to have exposed the population of Norwegian cities to harmful levels of air pollution. NO2 (NOx) and particulate matter, and to some extent also SO2, has long polluted many cities in Norway. For several years, air pollution values, especially in winter, been so high that it was both harmful and illegal. The Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association (NAAF) have warned against this trend in almost ten years. Warning were not heard, nor in relation to the devestating diesel favoritism in 2007, NAAF complained in 2011 Norwegian authorities in EFTA. NAAF saw simply no other way to end the exposure seen vulnerable population.

Since then, the ESA, the EFTA Surveillance Authority, concluded that NAAF absolutely right, this is both harmful and illegal. ESA, sent an official letter to the Norwegian authorities in which they explained the matter and demanded improvements.

Neither the new government succeeded  satisfactory to clean up the situation and was thus brought to court in Luxembourg. It is this right which has now ruled: Norway does not comply with the European pollution directive. ”

Norway has been sentenced in court in Luxembourg for failing to protect the population against air pollution. I want to congratulate NAAF for work well done.

Maybe this is what is needed to also  get the air free from the uneccessary pollution by fragrance that make so many ill?

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Science say use less smoke and fragrance

Dagens Medisin on indoor clima

In a article by Dagens Medisin (Medincine Today)  scientist talk about indoor clima.

“Researchers recommend minimal use of perfumes, candles, wood heating and heating of the car to improve the indoor air.”

“Researchers at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) has looked into the indoor environment specifically in the Arctic. This has not been done previously. Now it is just a pilot study published. Indoor air quality in both private homes and workplaces were tested for volatile organic compounds.

– The climatic conditions in the north imposes people a different lifestyle than other places that may lead to increased pollution indoors. In many places, the house can be wrapped in snow six months a year. Pollution caused by the use of wood-burning stove, for example, higher where winter lasts from October through May, compared with places that have winter for three months, says researcher Athanasios Katsogiannis the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) and first author of the study.

People spend over 90 percent of their time in a “protected” indoor environment (Bruinen DeBruine, 2008) when cold clima. In addition, it is well known that concentrations of chemical contamination is higher indoors compared with outdoor.

– Indoor air is not currently regulated. Before politicians can set limits, they must get information from as many places as possible about how the condition is, said Katsogiannis.

The study collected air samples from various rooms in private homes and various rooms at workplaces in Tromsø in October and November of 2013. In some cases we found that the concentration of particulate matter was higher than the proposed maximum limits. We saw that using the wood stove and candles, leading to increased exposure to certain types of particles. We assume that dust and particles from the use of black sand on the snow and the use of studded tires on asphalt, also influence indoor climate. This may have various adverse effects on human health, such as asthma.

Will investigate more

Katsogiannis believe this study can be used as a starting point for further studies.

– You should now look at several chemicals found in indoor air in households. Chemical monitoring studies should be done together with epidemiological and toxicological studies where we examine the state of health, disease prevalence, and find out how chemicals affect. It’s the only way we can understand how air quality affects health and a method that can quantify this, says Katsogiannis. He points out that eachand everyone is responsible for its indoor environment. It is therefore our responsibility to protect it. The smoking ban was an excellent start. People should also use less spray, perfume, candles, incense and wood burning. We must remember that when we brush up, it also affects the indoor environment to a greater or lesser degree. Ventilation is generally the most important to reduce toxic substances in indoor air.

Discourages Arctic habit

He discourages especially a habit that many may have where the climate is cold. A habit many of Tromsø and the Arctic have is that you start and run your car engine and let the car warm up in the garage or outside the window. This leads to immediate high exposure to various hazardous chemicals.

For us to be able to say anything definite about the indoor climate in the Arctic, this study should be followed up. Public places such as malls, fitness centers and so on were not monitored in this study.”

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Finally I feel like being heard! How wonderful that scientists say the same as I do, and so many others with me, that fragrance product pollutes the indoor air and is unhealthy. Thank you so much, you can not imagine how important this article is to me and how happy I am to read it.

Please, continue the good word and please also look into the use of fragrance washing and cleaning products, air fragrance like air freshener, scented candles, designer scent like fragrance marketing and so on. It is a violation of the need for fresh air for a continued good health.

/ Annelie


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County Council of Jämtland support nation wide smoke ban

“County Council of Jämtland in Sweden maybe the first to support that Sweden will become smoke-free in 2025. The costs of tobacco, counting production and diseases, is valued cost for the country to be 30 billion annually. In Jämtland costs of smoking is 396 million annually.

– I support a total smoking ban, says parliamentarian Gunnar Sandberg (S), which has been responsible for public health in parliamentary work. I’m not sure that we get there in 2025, but we must be able to set up milestones. Continue reading

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#Evaluation of #IndoorAir

“No evaluation of indoor air quality and its impact on health can be complete without considering the effects of the widespread of fragrance in multiple products used on a daily basis in homes, workspaces, and other public places. The ubiquitous exposure to poorly studied fragrance chemicals has resulted in escalating voluntary and involuntary exposures to unknown substances which contrary to public assumption, have not been evaluated by regulatory agencies for safety to the general public, children, the elderly, and other sensitive populations. Exposure starts before birth from fragrance chemicals in mothers’ bodies (1) and continues with ingestion of mother’s milk. (2) Products for infants and children are scented often with materials known to cause allergies (3) and persist in body tissues. Children and infants are also exposed to every scented product used in the household. An infant held close is breathing in fragrance from clothes washed in highly scented detergents and laundry products, perfumes and colognes, shampoo, and other scented products used by the caregiver transferring to the child’s skin, hair, and clothes. Exposure continues throughout life. Users of scented products are often not aware of the continued presence of the products they use and are rarely aware of the intensity of the scents.” Continue reading

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A wish for Advent with Fresh air – MD Aage Hegge Hansen

“Asthma and Allergy Association has been pushing for fresher air in our surroundings. At the National Convention in 2010 was unanimously adopted as the main goal of the organization in the period 2010 to 2019 to “remove smoke, perfume and fragrant irritants from public places .”

In particular, the synthetic fragrances that are dangerous. There is added synthetic fragrances in increasing amounts to more and more products, from washing powder to the car wash at Statoil, and concierge air in hotels, and is gradually a major threat to public health.

Fragrance industry has so far managed to prevent information about the health hazards in arriving , so the tobacco industry for many years managed to prevent research into the smoke damage.

Anyway it’s already proven a link between toxic gases (VOCs) in modern fragrance mixtures and the development of allergies, eczema and asthma, and it will probably get more – much more.

VOC gases , which are marketed under different names as for an example perfume , fragrance and aroma, causing inflammation of the nose, with congestion, insomnia and depression to follow.

Moreover weakened sense of smell, and saliva production is reduced.

It is suspected that such also contribute in behaviour changes that leads to bad eating habits.

For many children this is the reality they grow up in.  They have had perfume in bed clothes since they were born, and does not know anything else. They do not understand why they have allergies, eczema and asthma, or why they are so hard to stay slim. Because so many people use them, probably for example Omo and Comfort the two most selling products on the Norwegian market, which provide most Health issues overall.

My call in Advent is therefore all parents to throw out all hygiene products containing synthetic fragrance, so we save children and adults for the intense smell of toxic chemicals.

In order for the air to keep its freshest possible, it is good if we also also to steer clear of incense , candles and essential oils , and preferably refrain from the Crhristmas cigar.

Then maybe smell get so that you can recognize the smell of Christmas that really matter, and lasting value in memory : The smell of natural skin or unscented hair. The smell of wet wool. The smell of ribs and sauerkraut – and the smell of spices .

With this, I wish readers a fresh Advent and Christmas time !”

MD Aage Hegge Hansen

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A community diagnosis of symptoms – by MD Aage Hegge Hansen

A community diagnosis of symptoms

MD Aage Hegge Hansen “As the first Norwegian doctor publicly (including on NRK) declared battle against perfume pollution, I have via the web come in contact with patients all over the world.

My contacts have strengthened me in theory that it is the fragrance of hygiene products that are hazardous to health, hygiene is not in itself, as some here at home has believed.

When the fourth of Norwegian adolescents with asthma, it is in reality a national disaster. This gives asthma including increased risk of fatal COPD later in life. But modern asthma therapy is so effective that patient and doctor can easily forget disease is so dangerous degree and that the best treatment is still trying to find the reasons for getting rid of asthma. Unfortunately, few people seem to be interested in it.

It is not many years ago since smokers could freely wide in all arenas. People with sensitive lungs could protest as much as they wanted, the smoke was a legal product that was lit where you found it for good. This is no longer, the health argument has trumped all other arguments, and now tobacco is rolled back using the law. It will thus soon become marginalized as a public health problem.

Now the perfume used is the main challenge, something most people are able to recognize at the individual level. If person A on the job stinks so strongly of perfume, that person B gets sick from it and are not able to be there anymore – it is then that B must quit his job, or is it A, which must begin to meet up with odor-free clothes? I would think that B’s claim of fresh air should be considered more legitimate than A’s desire to use perfume, in unlimited quantity, anywhere and anytime.

Perfume emissions primarily from clothing, hair and skin of the user, but also sits in the house and car interiors, which one gets secondary degassing up to months and years. The gases are causing a number of “conditions” as Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), Building Related Illness (BRI) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). Primary and secondary perfume degassing has become so dominant  cause of disease, and gives such a typical view on the matter, depending on the degree of exposure and time exposed, it may be appropriate to define a separate syndrome; Perfume Related Illness (PRI).

Regardless, perfume and tobacco smoke two sides of the same contamination issue, and perfume use is so extensive now in 2011, that the whole body of society may be said to be sick and perfume damaged, in addition to that they are already and still tobacco damaged. The difference is that while damages to health du to tobacco is under consideration, with the Tobacco Act as medicine, no perfume injuries is taken up for discussion even in the responsible departments and organisations.
With the honorable exception of Asthma and Allergy Association, which at the congress in 2010 adopted a policy of smoke-and Fragrance-free public space. It is the only sensible from a public health perspective.” MD Aage Hegge Hansen, Norway

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Cans of fresh air

Voice of America VOA 31 March 2013 – “China’s foulest two-week period for air pollution in memory has rekindled a tongue-in-cheek campaign by a multimillionaire with a streak of showmanship who is selling canned fresh air.

“I want to tell mayors, county chiefs and heads of big companies: don’t just chase GDP growth, don’t chase the biggest profits at the expense of our children and grandchildren and at the cost of sacrificing our ecological environment.” he said.

Air pollution is measured in terms of PM2.5, or particulate matter 2.5 micrometers in diameter, which are absorbed by the lungs and can cause heart and lung disease. The World Health Organisation recommends a daily PM2.5 level of 20 and says that levels greater than 300 are serious health hazards. Beijing’s air quality frequently surges past a level of 500, and on Jan. 12 soared to 755, the highest in memory. ”

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It actually would be nice if there were fresh air on a small inhalor can one could use when a person wearing smoke and perfume on them surround you.

(Ok, this is published by me on 1 of April, but the original article was published on 30 of Januar. I do not think this is a joke. )