Zero Waste Air Filter Options

If living in a metropolitan, urban, or poorly condition ozone environment. Mixed with regular everyday indoor routine around a household, run in’s with harsh exposure of Volatile Organic Compounds(VOC) , plus other combinations of airborne toxins can occur.

These unpleasant conditions can have unforeseen health risk & side effects on individuals who endure such living environments daily, so to help defend & prevent by clearing out those circumstances. Here’s some information on effective way to clean & rid home of unwanted airborne health hazards.

Deep Cleaning/Ventilation

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Opening & cleaning windows along with applying fans to provide proper exhaust & circulation, can help reduce rooms occupied with indoor air pollutants significantly.

​ As well as including a thorough clean of the residency with natural cleaning products such as baking soda, citrus, essential oils, vinegar. Blended/Mixed together these ingredients can assist in the removal of air toxins & bad odors polluting a indoor environment.

Inflammation Foods

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When combating against poor air quality say by allergies or any other nasal sinus complications. Essentially introducing anti-inflammatory foods into your meals or diets can help with endurance against infections & irritation. To present on the matter, a constructed list of beneficial foods to choose from included.

  • Berries(goji,blueberries,strawberries,raspberries,&cherries)
  • Omega-3 Fishes
  • cruciferous vegetables
  • Avocado
  • Green Tea
  • Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Grapes
  • Turmeric
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Beans
  • Bok Choy
  • Pecan,Walnut,& Almonds
  • Artichoke
  • Red Cabbage
  • Beets
  • Pineapple
  • Lemon
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Spices
  • Broth
  • Seeds(Chia,Sesame,Pumpkin,Flax)

Indoor House Plants

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If an individual is looking for the only all natural eco-friendly air purifier, look no further. Indoor plants have the endurance to stay healthy with indirect or very little sun light. When researching into this topic you’ll find that the rate & efficiency for removal of VOC’s differ by distinct plants.

​ Which is why arranging any types that offer removal of certain VOC, can apply improvement to an individuals surrounding air quality.

BeesWax Candles

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A non-toxin environmental way to ionize common air pollution such as dust, pollen, odors & toxic fumes. Other than it’s neutralization of compounds & contaminants, these non-scented candles are slow burning.

​ Providing a convenient lasting efficiency for any hypoallergenic individual contemplating on a soothing way to get fresher air to breathe better, while also being able to get the benefit of a restful sleep for those able to set any by their bedside.

Activated Charcoal

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An effective product that’s able to absorb & trap in harmful VOC’s & odors.Also able to remove noxious gases such as benzene, toluene, indole, skatole, nonenal & ammonia. Activated Charcoal a.k.a Activated Carbon can be held in pores/mesh bags, but be wary when purchasing from distributors. The inside or outside material could be stitched with Polypropylene as one of its layers, best to search for suppliers who’s bags are completely environmental.

​ Or one can DIY & create these bags with an available supply of activated charcoal & any pores/mesh material.(Also if going the DIY route would recommend using cleaning vinegar or lemon juice when going through the activation process. Rather than bleach or calcium chloride, but feel free to choose which ever solution would be more convenient. They all provide sterile results.)

Activated Carbon Mask

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For helpful support to endure against the harsh VOC’s in other areas when being active,doing chores/task or on the go. Active Carbon mask can boost against smoke, debris, residue, dusts, pollen, fumes, dander,vehicle exhaust, & other harmful unforeseen airborne hazards. If looking for a good sustainable option, any types made out of cotton as the layer for the Active Carbon would be the eco-friendly choice.

​ Due note when regarding the lifespan, the mask can sustain a durability able to last from a range of 3-6 months, also depending on how many washed the filter has gone through. Certain types of mask are made to allow replacement filters, saving mask discarding to keep them useful. Recommend mask to would be appropriate are OmPure& MetaMask.

Air Purifiers/Air Filters

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When evaluating this subject there’s various environmental cons that should be noted when deciding on what specific type of AC filter or purifiers would be considered eco-friendly.

HEPA Filters
In order for these filters to get labeled & approved they have to meet the requirements & pass a test issued by the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Once approved that the filter capture 99.97/99.99% of 0.3 microns in the air there given certification for manufacturing.

​ Materials in these filters vary from dense paper, fiber glass, plastic fibers, acrylic binders, polystyrene, polyvinyl chloride, high-density polyethylene or polypropylene,& possibly a layer of activated charcoal. Do note that not all HEPA Filter are manufacture the same.

Fiberglass Filter
Dense composed fabric of glass. With mainly low MERV ratings, often between 1 and 4.

Pleated Filter
Are made up of folded sheets of cotton paper or polyester-blend fabric.

Electrostatic Filter
They contain multiple layers of polyester-blend, cotton or paper materials. Depending on the manufacture, framed by a polyester mesh.

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Ultra Violet Air Purifier
There able to eliminate airborne bacteria’s, but aren’t guaranteed to capture the debris particles that float around.

Ionizers
With these air purifiers oxygen in the surrounding area gets pulled in by the electromagnetic energy released, the oxygen filters threw where VOC’s get capture & outgoing oxygen is turned into O3(ozone) to effectively capture more air particles for cycling & removal. Unfortunately ozones can cause lung damage & or respiratory issues. Setting hours of the week to activate it for cycling would be the best step to take for individuals with any type of these purifiers.

Ozone Air Purifier
These devices are purely for creating O³ threw its surrounding, using the ability to eliminate harsh odor such as mold, mildew or any other extreme airborne chemicals. Ozone’s ability to break down any particle it comes in contact with might be a useful benefit,but to much exposure to it while it’s present in the air can do long term damage to the skin, lungs, & other visible body parts.

There are other air purifiers that can hold some type of disadvantage to the environment such as filter-less devices & electrostatic filters, but when it revolves among this subject. Only appropriate advice for any environmentalists would be to heavily research when considering an appliance to choose.

Summary

If looking for recommendations, more appropriate solutions for a filter or purifier. Would be filters made of natural fibers or filters made out of recycled plastic materials that goes with a proper ASHRAE or MERV rating. Mesh encased with aluminum or stainless steel, these options offer re-usability when properly washed, their are some articles that’ll tell you washable filters will produce mold & mildew. Though that can be a possibility if their installed while damp, which can be preventable, when clean regularly and carefully, and dried properly.After treated, a good air dry with direct exposure to the sun can provide effective result necessary.
​ Also filters with a MERV 16 rating, can presents the best mix of economy and high efficiency filtration.

Assuming that’s not an option & disposable filters are more persuading, better alternatives would be aluminum, recycled paper or filters made out of natural fibers.

​ Also if searching for an environmental air purifier, best suggestion would be NATEDE. A plant based air purifier that uses phytoremediation, meaning the purifier applies & enhances the natural abilities plants have when fitted. It covers up to 36m×108m removing up to 93% of VOC, 99% of airborne bacteria, & significantly reduced bad odor. Coated out of all natural materials, equipped with reusable filter & installed with the latest technology such as bluetooth & wi-fi connection, allows users the capability to track & manage the air quality covered by the appliance. The effort Vitesy put into this machine is at most a notable example & hopefully pave a path for other manufacturers to reflect.

Conclusion

Fortunately there’s many eco-friendly alternatives when it comes to removal of indoor air pollution, but if questioning the air quality of certain state’s. The EPA provides a map with screenings of households average levels of radon indoors, & for those whose up most concern is knowing there homes air purity. There’s many online retailers to purchase devices capable of monitoring the levels of VOC’s indoors.

Hopefully the active Public & Private organizations towards protecting the quality of the planets Oxygen & Co². Get the necessary contributions & tools towards clearing the air of the harmful/hazards VOC’s that have to be endure regularly.

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