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Sanitation was a necessary evolution for the development of human society. The first discovered evidence of a functional sewer system, the cornerstone of societal hygiene, dates back to the Mesopotamian Empire sometime around 4,000 BCE. Unfortunately, the practice of dumping raw sewage in to our rivers and ocean would continue into this century. Towards the end of the first century BCE, we find evidence that the Roman Empire constructed a solid-waste disposal site just outside of the boundaries of Jerusalem. Although society’s commitment to sanitation has ebbed and flowed over the centuries, history reminds us of the cost society pays when they neglect one of the three pillars of society.
Today, science has made significant advancements in educating society about the importance of designing systems that solve one issue without creating future disasters. Modern history is full of lessons of adverse consequences when solutions implemented without considering the future impact guide our decisions. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is continuing to impact the coral reefs a decade after the disaster. The biodiversity of the affected region will never fully recover. After centuries of using our waterways and land for dumping grounds the consequences have become inescapable the fish we eat contain high levels of methylmercury; atmospheric methane has increased by two and a half times its 800,000 year average, combined with the last two generations being less healthy then the generations preceding them and Sustainability does Equal Health.
For us sustainability is a process. We focus on the overlooked aspects of that process. Research indicates that up to 80% of all illness is environmentally contracted. To improve the odds of staying healthy we focus on the immediate environment, the workspace.
The EPA tells us that we produce over 4.4 pounds of trash per day. At work we average about 1.3 to 1.9 pounds per day our systems targets this MSW stream first through source reduction then through diversion.
An Amalgam Approach
- 1) Researched
- 2) Practical
- 3) Implementable
- Improves Health & Wellness Improves Bottomline
Some of our clients have experienced over 61 tons of source reduction.
Some have seen $80,000.00 increases in productivity in the first quarter alone
“The best way to stay healthy is don’t get sick in the first-place.”
The common cold affects the average adult 3 to 4 times per year. The common cold has a viral arsenal of over 200 different strains at its disposal.
Healthy employees produce at significantly higher rates; our environmentally sustainable systems provide tools to increase your odds of not getting sick.
A healthier workplace a healthier you the foundation for a more robust sustainable tomorrow.
Risks of developing chronic diseases are attributed to both genetic and environmental factors; 70 to 90% of disease risks are probably related to environmental exposer. Unfortunately, identifying the ecological risks factures requires a new paradigm to understand the effect exposure plays in developing chronic diseases fully.
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When it comes to chronic illness, most etiologic research has focused on genetic. However, environmental exposure typically relegated to a minor contributor, should be playing much more of the leading role. Stanford University School of Medicine conducted a study comprised of twins. The study concluded that our immune system is impacted more from exposure than heredity with the impact increasing as we age.
More than 25 million people in the United States have asthma. Approximately 14.8 million adults have been diagnosed with COPD, and nearly 12 million people have not yet been diagnosed.
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More than 26 million Americans suffer from asthma, with controlled asthmatics still experience symptoms 1 to 3 times per week. Mild asthma attacks can last for several minutes or up to a few hours, with severe attacks, medical intervention is oftentimes required. In the U.S. work, related asthma is the leading lung ailment. It is estimated that 15% of the American workforce suffers from work-related asthma. According to the American Academy of Allergy & Immunology, allergies play a role in many cases of occupational asthma. This type of asthma generally develops only after months or years of exposure to a work-related substance; because your body’s immune system needs time to develop allergic antibodies or other immune responses to a particular substance. A recently completed study that began in 1989 conducted by the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research analyzed data from 55,185 female, registered nurses enrolled in the U.S. Nurses’ Health Study II. The study found that nurses that atomize disinfectants for the purpose of cleaning surfaces on a weekly basis have a 32% increase risk of contracting Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
Doctors advise us that dust is the last great medium of human infection. It is estimated that you breathe in 2 heaping teaspoons of air particles, “dust” per day. One of the most highly allergenic contaminants found indoors is dust.
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Fifty million people suffer from nasal allergies in the United States. Nasal allergies resulted in over 6 million lost workdays per year, and allergy sufferers experience symptoms for up to 69 days per year. Studies show that allergy sufferers report their work performance during flare-ups is commonly under 25% of their typical performance.
Frequent contributors to poor IAQ are dust particulates, chemical use, residual chemical odor, carpet odor, mold, mildew, and other pollutants. Poor IAQ is a common trigger for migraines affecting over 38 million Americans. 9.5 million Americans experience migraines at least once a week, with 91% reporting they can not function normally during a migraine attack. Migraine last from 4 to 72 hours with chronic suffers experience attacks more than five times per month. However, migraine suffers report missing only two days a year of work. The two days amount to 25 million lost workdays in the U.S.; even though Over 500 million workdays are effected.