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US Environmental Protection Agency works to improve indoor air quality
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding 17 cooperative agreements to nonprofit organizations and a university, totaling approximately $2.4 million to improve indoor air quality nationwide. Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors where levels of air pollution may be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. Indoor air pollutants, such as dust mites, can trigger asthma attacks and radon can cause lung cancer. More

Survey reveals Americans' expectations of hand sanitizers
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Fifty-eight percent of Americans think hand sanitizers last 30 times longer than the leading products actually do, according to results from a nationwide survey of 1,007 men and women released. Many Americans use hand sanitizers for peace of mind, but what they don't know is that leading, short-acting hand sanitizers only last about two minutes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, keeping hands clean is one of the most effective steps people can take to avoid getting sick and passing on germs to others. When soap and water are unavailable, the CDC recommends the use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. More

MRSA superbug much more common in US than UK
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The antibiotic-mocking MRSA bacteria seem to be thriving better in the U.S. than in the U.K., according to new government data. They show Americans are more than six times as likely as Britons to contract the superbug in the community, although rates of hospital infections are about the same. More

62 CIMS/CIMS-GB organizations to be recognized at ISSA/INTERCLEAN
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As a true testament to the growth of Cleaning Industry Management Standard and CIMS-Green Building certification — and a clear indication of the industry acceptance of the program — 62 organizations will be recognized at ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2010 for achieving CIMS/CIMS-GB certification. Among the 62 organizations to be recognized are 49 companies who are either newly certified or have achieved decertification and 13 companies who have added the CIMS-GB designation to their existing certification. More

Greenwashing: Misleading claims on 'green' labeling
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Confused by all the "green" claims of products on store shelves out there? There's good reason to be. According to a new study, more than 95 percent of consumer products examined committed at least one offense of "greenwashing," a term used to describe unproven environmental claims, according TerraChoice, a North American environmental-marketing company that issued the report. More

PET recycling rate reaches 28 percent in 2009
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For the sixth straight year, the U.S. PET recycling rate has increased, to 28 percent in 2009. That's according to the recently released "2009 Report on Post Consumer PET Container Recycling Activity," produced by The National Association for PET Container Resources, The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, and the PET Resin Association. More

New strategy to kill bugs even those in hiding
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New strategies to apply antibiotics more effectively to hibernating bugs have been developed by researchers at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. In a paper, Ole Steuernagel, PhD, and Daniel Polani, PhD, describe how to apply antibiotics to wipe out bacteria that form active as well as inactive subpopulations. More

New hygiene campaign focuses on cleaning cell phones
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CleenCell Wipes, makers of pre-moistened cleaning cloths for cell phones and smartphones, has announced the launch of, a grassroots campaign aimed at raising awareness about the health effects of using a germ-covered mobile phone. A recent study by Stanford University doctoral student Timothy Julian published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology warns about bacteria accumulation on touchscreen devices, and the health effects to users of contracting harmful pathogens like staph, salmonella, E. coli, influenza viruses and even MRSA, while sharing an iPad or mobile phone. But the problem is not limited to touchscreens only. Virtually all cell phone users, as their personal usage goes up with more advanced devices, increase their risk to infectious diseases and skin conditions like rashes and acne from the germs that build up on the phone and come in close contact with the hands and face. More


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