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New bike café adds solar, wind, an air purifier, and recycles coffee grounds into flowers

Wheelys Green Warrior bike cafe

The Wheelys 4, or the Green Warrior, can put you in the saddle of a bike-based small business for under $5000.

The latest iteration of the Wheelys micro-café, a bicycle-based pop-up coffee shop that can be pedaled to where the business is, instead of attracting customers to it, is getting closer to being a truly ‘ecological café bike,’ thanks to some artful revisions to the design and functionality of this mobile business. Two years ago, we told you that for $3000, you could own one of the world’s smallest cafés from Wheelys, and since then, hundreds of these organic indie coffee shops (well, sort of indie, as there is a franchise option) have been sold to javapreneurs in more than 40 countries, with many success stories from their pedaling baristas.

Wheelys Green Warrior bike cafe

he Green Warrior is the ambitious name of the new Wheelys bike café, and the design is just packed with features, ranging from a triple burner stove to a 3-basin sink with running water, as well as an awning, a small solar panel (no specs), LED lights, a water heater, an audio system, a fridge, a 3G WiFi router and a digital display, and of course, all of the coffee-making equipment. The specs don’t mention battery storage for powering all these electric gizmos, but perhaps that was an oversight, as it’s a must-have for a mobile business.

The new Wheelys will also offer an optional mini wind turbine, as well as an integrated air purifier  “that actually CLEANS the air from smog particles.” I kind of have my doubts as to whether or not a small air purifier like this could have a significant impact on local air pollution, but there aren’t very many details about this aspect of the café.

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One cool element of the Wheelys 4 Green Warrior is statement that the bike owners could turn their recycled coffee grounds “into small soil cubes packed with flower seeds, which we plant on the way to work.” And they must have anticipated our questions, because the very next sentence reads “No, we are not kidding!”

Just like the launch of the earlier Wheelys bikes, the Green Warrior is also using crowdfunding as a way to jumpstart the new product, with an Indiegogo campaign in the works that has already doubled its goal in just three days.

hose who want to run their very own “Starbucks killer” bike cafés can reserve theirs for a pledge of $4999, which Wheelys contrasts to the cost of starting a Starbucks ($500,000), and which could bring in the owners of these pedaling coffee carts as much as $700 to $1000 per day in the right location. And with the Wheelys franchise fee being just under $200 per month (USD), it’s also said to be the world’s cheapest franchise, as well as being the “fastest growing food franchise ever,” so this could be the organic pedalpreneur opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

 

With mist fountain and air purifiers, Delhi gears up for fight against pollution

The Aam Aadmi Party government said on Friday it will install giant outdoor air purifiers at five highly polluted locations in Delhi, unveiling more measures to battle the capital’s smog.

A mist fountain will also be set up in a yet-to-be identified location, transport minister Satyendar Jain said amid a steady spike in pollution levels, which experts say can cause several ailments ranging from respiratory problems to even cancer in humans.

Jain said the systems, to be installed by mid-December, will be placed at road intersections in Anand Vihar, ITO, Sarai Kale Khan, Kashmere Gate and IIT (Delhi) or AIIMS.

The units works on the lines of a home air purifier by trapping particulate matter, besides improving dispersion of pollutants that remain suspended just above ground in winter.

Experts, however, are skeptical about the system, which has a functional radius of 20 meters and could fail when pollution levels are too high.

Anumita Roychowdhury of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) – a Delhi-based research group — said it was not a good idea.

“Purification works in a confined space, not in the open. The government should focus on other short-term measures,” she said.

Last winter – a period when air toxicity jumps manifold -– the AAP government had twice introduced a rationing measure that allowed vehicles to ply on alternate days based on registration numbers ending with odd or even digits. The effort, however, failed to yield the desired results.

An official said the Wind Augmentation and Air Purifying Unit (WAYU) — developed by IIT Bombay and National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) – can potentially reduce particulate emission by 40%-60% during peak traffic hours.

The government believes the move will indicate its intent to improve Delhi’s air quality which is expected to deteriorate with farmers in neighbouring states such as Punjab and Haryana starting their annual crop residue burning.

On Friday, particulate matter (PM) level in Delhi’s most polluted zone — Anand Vihar — touched 960 micrograms/cubic meter against a safe level of 60.

The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) also said in its Diwali forecast that PM 2.5 — minute particulates that penetrate the lungs and cause breathing ailments — would increase by up to 20%.

Sources said that open air purification is not a tried and tested measure as one system was installed in Hong Kong in April 2015 without much success.

7 Signs You Need an Air Purifier

Air purifiers are a great way to clean the air. In addition to investing in your health, they can help with allergies, unpleasant smells, snoring and more. Here are seven signs it might be time to invest in an air purifier.

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1. You can’t stop sneezing: Pet dander, pollen, and dust are just some of the pollutants that could be floating around your house. The best air purifier typically contains HEPA filters with high CADR ratings that will help you filter out most if not all airborne allergens. If you are looking for an all-round excellent air purifier that comes with a lifetime warranty and will not break the bank, try the Alen Breathesmart.

2. Your house smells of varnish and disinfectants: Be sure to look for air purifiers that can remove VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. These harmful substances come from carpeting, adhesive, disinfectants, and varnishes. If you see formaldehyde or benzene on any of your household items’ ingredients, you are dealing with a VOC. Since only certain models of air purifiers can filter VOCs, make sure you get a model designed to clean them. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is a heavyweight that removes VOCs as well. If you have a lot of carpet in the house (notorious for trapping toxic particles), an air purifier will help enormously.

3. Your air is stale and stuffy: If you breathe in and the air smells bad, you might have poor quality indoor air. You can try an energy recovery ventilator, but an air purifier will guarantee that you reduce any smelly, foul odors that might be wafting through your home. If smoke is the issue, the Austin Air Health Mate HM450+ is your best bet.

4. You see dust mites everywhere: Have you noticed a surplus of dust building up under your bed or on the windows? Air purifiers will certainly help to reduce the amount of dust around, though you will still need to clean. Getting a decent vacuum cleaner is still important to having clean and dust-free air, but air purifiers will also help a huge amount with reducing the amount of mites that are calling your home their home as well. Try getting a purifier that can run at higher speeds but is still quiet, such as the Oransi V-HEPA Max.

The great thing about using an air purifier to get rid of dust mites is that you will not have to clean as much; the unit will be doing most of the work for you. To make sure you are getting rid of as much dust as possible, clean the unit at least once a week.

5. You suffer from emphysema or COPD: Having a serious chest condition might be a sign that you need an air purifier. Keeping the level of household air pollution down as much as possible is critical, especially with family members who might be exposed to second-hand smoke.

People with COPD typically have sensitive airways. So they may have problems with breathing and allergies as well, and cleaner air will definitely help. Be sure to read the label of any purifier you invest in, making sure it’s rated highly on the AHAM scale. This tells you how well the cleaner filters dust, smoke, and pollen. Compare the numbers by looking for the AHAM seal. For example, the Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier has won numerous awards and has CADR ratings of 210.

6. You have a sick family member: Helping a sick family member heal is made easier with the help of a purifier. They can breathe fresher air and have better quality sleep, which will aid recovery.

7. You snore (loudly): Allergens like pollen and dander will cause your airways to be more congested and that can contribute to snoring. Make sure you change your air filters and use an air purifier. You will find that you will gradually sleep better and snore less. Try to get a model with slightly more square footage than you need so you can keep the unit on a low setting.

How to prep your home for fall allergy season

         

For many allergy sufferers, spring is peak allergy season. But autumn brings its own batch of allergy triggers: ragweed pollinates in the fall and can travel hundreds of miles, and corn mazes, piles of leaves and jack-o’-lanterns can harbor mold. And while we may enjoy when summer’s warmth lingers into the fall, that warm weather can trigger mold spores to be released when humidity is high or the weather is dry and windy, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

So how can you protect yourself this allergy season? You can’t do much to change the weather, but you can do your best to allergy-proof your home. And that’s a good idea, because indoor air can be even more polluted than outdoor air, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Read on for some tips.

1. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. If you have carpet, then you most likely have a vacuum cleaner (unless you have a Roomba, in which case I’m jealous). It’s important to make sure that your vacuum has a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter, which filters out 99.97 percent of particles in the air that are larger than .3 microns — the size of a single speck of cornstarch. In other words, these filters snag particles such as bacteria, mold, pollen and fungus that regular vacuums may leave behind. If it’s time for a new vacuum, make sure it has a HEPA filter and replace the filter every six to 12 months.

2. Don’t dust. If you are cleaning surfaces, dusting with something like a feather duster can send more particles into the air. Instead, wipe down surfaces with a damp cloth to trap the dust instead. And if you’re using cleaning agents, try using nontoxic or even homemade simple solutions like vinegar and water, as chemical-based household cleaners sometimes can exacerbate allergy symptoms.

3. Examine your bedding. Dust mites are more associated with summer months, but according to WebMD, they can get stirred into the air when you turn on your heat in the fall. Often, people with dust mite allergies benefit from hypoallergenic bedding, which reduce exposure to allergens. For example, specially made pillowcases and mattress covers encase the pillow or mattress and form a barrier around any potential dust mites. You also may want to try replacing the entire pillow itself with a hypoallergenic pillow. Another tip: Wash your bedding once a week in hot water to keep dust mites at bay.

4. Change air filters in your furnace and air conditioner. Many companies recommend changing these filters every three months because putting in a new filter not only helps the appliance run more efficiently, it takes dust and particles out. If allergies are a problem for you or someone in your family, try replacing them every 6 to 8 weeks to keep them working optimally.

5. Keep windows closed. If pollen is your poison, then you want to minimize how much pollen gets indoors. Keep windows closed and and be sure to shower or change your clothes as soon as you get home to reduce the amount of pollen in your home. And if you prefer to save electricity and hang clothes outside to dry, you may want to stop that, as your clothes become a magnet for ragweed and pollen.

6. Use an air purifier. Some allergists recommend using an air purifier if you suffer from allergies. Dr. Daryl R. Altman, an allergist at the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center in Queens, told the New York Times, “The better you do with environmental allergy control — whether through air filtration or things like encasing your bedding — the better your allergies are going to be.”

However, a word of caution here. Air purifiers are not considered medical devices and are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Also, as the Times reports, “the Federal Trade Commission has taken action against several makers of air purifiers, including brands like Honeywell and Oreck, for unsubstantiated allergy-relief claims or for advertising that their devices removed virtually all impurities from the indoor air people breathed.” In fact, an air purifier may even make the air dirtier by stirring up already-settled dust, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. So this electronic device may help your allergy symptoms, but it may not. As one Consumer Reports editor told the Times: “The first thing you need to know about an air purifier is that most people don’t need one.”

Of course, check with your doctor about what other steps you can take, including medications like over-the-counter antihistamines and steroid sprays. But following these tips can help improve your indoor air quality during allergy season or year-round.

 

An air purifier could make your allergies less of a headache

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Whether you’re an allergy sufferer, or just someone who enjoys breathing in fresh air, purchasing an air purifier for your home could turn out to be a great investment.

Most air purifiers on the market claim to filter out allergens, pollutants, smoke, and even household odors. But as with any other home electronic, you have to do your homework in order to find the model that fits your needs and your budget.

Some of the key considerations when shopping for an air purifier include the size of the area you’ll be using it for, how it operates, how it looks (since it will be sitting in the middle of your living room), and how it sounds.

 

 

 

Ensure safe Diwali for your pets: 7 tips to take care of pets this Diwali 2016—-Tip 6 use air purifier

Diwali is almost here, and we are sure you must be gearing up for the festival of lights. But if you are proud parents of adorable fur balls, you need to take extra precaution this time during Diwali. Though Diwali might be a perfect time for you to bond with families and friends, but your pet might have a difficult time coping with the festive season. So if you love your four-legged friends, you need to take some precautions to not stress out your pets.

During this festive season the air pollution and noise pollution shoots up leaving us all flustered thanks to the loud crackers and fire works. So given the fact that dogs have extremely sensitive ears and noses, they are subjected to much more stress  during Diwali. The pets gets stressed and confused during Diwali because of the loud festive celebrations, so it is important to keep your dog calm at home. You need to make sure of a couple of things to make sure that they are stress free. You need to keep in mind the following tips to make sure that your pet is at ease during the Diwali festivities

1.Fire crackers

The loud fire crackers and fire works are bound to stress out your dog, so make sure that you accompany your dog all the time in a quite room. It is important to keep your dog calm and stress free, so use something to cover your pet’s ears. After consulting the vet, you can also give your pet an anti-anxiety pill.

2. Keep them company

So it’s all festive and fun, but make sure that your pets are not left behind alonme at home. If will notice that your pets will become even more stressed if they are wound up on their own o on Diwali with all the loud celebrations happening outside.

3. Don’t leave your doors ajar

Sine you know that your pet is very sensitive , you have to take some precautionary measures. Don’t leave the door ajar, also try to close the windows to protect your furry friend from the loud noise. You can also play soft music to soothe your pet and make them feel safe.

4. Party with your pet

With the Diwali parties and gatherings, you will have guests flowing in and out of your home. So while making your guests feel at home, do not ignore your pets. Never lock them up in another room or put them on a leash. If you do so, your pets will become insecure. Make your pets a part of your gathering and you will realise that they will be less stressed.

5. Say no to toxic colours

Keep your pets away from the Rangoli colours. Looking at something they have never seen before, they might get excited and roll in the pretty colours, but the toxic colours can be dangerous for them. If they consume if or simply come in contact with the Rangoli colour,s they might get food poisoning or skin infection.

6. Use air purifier

Since Diwali leads to a lot of air pollution, it could be bad for your pets. If you care about your four-legged friend, you need to invest in a good air purifier to eliminate indoor air pollutants. Not only will this help you to keep  your dogs healthy on Diwali but all year long.

7. No lip smacking sweets

With Diwali, you will have a whole lot of lip smacking food preparation and sweets, but avoid feeding it to your pet. All the Diwali special rich and fried food can upset the tummy of your pets. So stick to the dog food or whatever your pet usually eats to keep your pet away from all the hassle.

What is HEPA Air Purifier?

HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air, and is a filter type that’s designed to adsorb air contaminants such as pet dander, pollen, tobacco smoke, mold, dust, and dust mites. It’s used extensively to improve indoor air quality, especially for environments that need to be scrubbed of allergens for people suffering from allergies and asthma.

HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air, and is a filter type that’s designed to adsorb air contaminants such as pet dander, pollen, tobacco smoke, mold, dust, and dust mites. It’s used extensively to improve indoor air quality, especially for environments that need to be scrubbed of allergens for people suffering from allergies and asthma.

HEPA Filter Definition:

A high-efficiency air filter designed with randomly arranged, fiberglass fibers. Also known as a depth filter, its porous design retains particulates of a specific size (depending on the filter grade), ensuring that they aren’t released back into the environment. Due to the nature of the design, these filters can hold a significant amount of waste before requiring replacement.

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High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) cleaners help scrub indoor air to remove airborne waste. Sometimes these air cleaners combine filtration methods using HEPA in parallel with activated carbon filters, UV lights, and sometimes ionizers to further clean the air.

Air Purifier Market Growth Projected at 12% CAGR to 2020

The air purifier market is driven by the surging pollution levels, depleting air quality leading to increasing prevalence of the air borne diseases. The report titled Global Air Purifier Market: Trends, Opportunities and Forecasts (2016-2021) – (By Value, By Filter Technology – HEPA, ION & Ozone, Activated Carbon; By Region – North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, RoW; By Country – US, UK, Canada, China, India; Key Players; Recommendations) has analyzed the potential of Global Air Purifiers market and provides statistics and information on market size, shares and trends.

The report intends to provide cutting-edge market intelligence and help decision makers take sound investment evaluation. Besides, the report also identifies and analyses the emerging trends along with major drivers, challenges and opportunities in the Global Air Purifier market.

Global Air Purifiers Market has been growing at a moderate rate over the last five years on account of upsurge in the carbon dioxide emissions leading to surging prevalence of deaths owing to air pollution. During 2016-21, Air Purifiers Market is anticipated to grow at an increased rate on the back of intensifying government regulations in various parts of the world. Moreover, increasing demand for various types of air purifiers such as vehicle mounted as well as portable air purifiers has been anticipated to propel thrust in the sales of air purifiers in the future.

According to research report, Global Air Purifier Market: Trends, Opportunities and Forecasts (2016-2021) – (By Value, By Filter Technology – HEPA, ION & Ozone, Activated Carbon; By Region; By Country – US, UK, Canada, China, India; Key Players; Recommendations), global Air Purifiers Market is projected to exhibit a CAGR of over 12% during 2015 2020.

In 2015, HEPA air purifiers comprised of around 60.39% share of the overall market owing to is the imperative role being played by the HEPA in the abatement of ambient as well as household air pollution. Few of the leading companies operating in Global Air Purifiers Market are Coway, Camfil, IQ Air, Honeywell Inc., etc.

Scope of the Report: The report provides Segmentation by Filter Technology: HEPA, ION & Ozone and Activated Carbon. The report provides coverage by Region: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW). The report provides coverage by Country: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, China and India. Air Purifiers Market: By Value (Historic 2011-15) and By Value (Forecast 2016E-2021F).

 

 

China To Deploy World’s Biggest Air Purifier In Beijing To Fight Heavy Smog

China will deploy the world’s largest outdoor air purifier designed by a Dutch engineer in its smog-hit capital Beijing, as the thick heavily-polluted haze returned to haunt the city, driving people indoors. The seven-meter-tall tower, brainchild of Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde, is undergoing last-minute checks in Beijing’s 751 D Park art area.

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The ‘Smog Free Tower’ will soon be opened to the public, and will be toured across the country, state-run Global Times said, quoting China Forum of Environmental Journalists, an NGO under China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection.

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The tower can capture about 75 per cent of Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM 2.5) and Particulate Matter 10 (PM 10) tiny particles in its vicinity and then release purified air to create a “bubble” of fresh air around it. The tower can clean 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour through its patented ozone-free ion technology.

Beijing has been plagued with heavy smog since the beginning of October. The city’s environmental authorities issued a “yellow alert” for air pollution on Tuesday. “Yellow alert” is the third-most serious level in a four tier colour-code warning system. Red is the most serious and orange the second-most serious while blue is the least serious pollution level.

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The average PM2.5 density of the small deadly polluted particles crossed over 300 today even though a cold front in the morning cleared the smog a bit. Liu Guozheng, CFEJ secretary-general said the tower is intended to warn authorities never to forget their duty and encourage the public to pull together to combat the smog.

The public, meanwhile, are bemused by the tower’s function and have called on authorities to curb dangerous sources of polluting particles, the daily said. Netizens expressed their frustration over the tower.

“The so-called divine smog cleaner is more like a piece of performance art, which makes almost zero difference to cleaner air in the city. It devours the polluted air and exhales fresh air, but so little it won’t make any difference. The air will stay polluted,” the daily quoted a comment by Sina Weibo user.

Smog-free tower: China to deploy world’s largest outdoor air purifier in Beijing

Cina will deploy the world’s largest outdoor air purifier designed by a Dutch engineer in its smog- hit capital Beijing, as the thick heavily-polluted haze returned to haunt the city, driving people indoors. The seven-meter-tall tower, brainchild of Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde, is undergoing last-minute checks in Beijing’s 751 D Park art area.

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The ‘Smog Free Tower’ will soon be opened to the public, and will be toured across the country, state-run Global Times said, quoting China Forum of Environmental Journalists, an NGO under China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection.

The tower can capture about 75% of PM 2.5 and PM 10 tiny particles in its vicinity and then release purified air to create a “bubble” of fresh air around it. The tower can clean 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour through its patented ozone-free ion technology.

Beijing has been plagued with heavy smog since the beginning of October. The city’s environmental authorities issued a “yellow alert” for air pollution on Tuesday. “Yellow alert” is the third-most serious level in a four tier color-code warning system. Red is the most serious and orange the second-most serious while blue is the least serious pollution level.

The average PM2.5 density of the small deadly polluted particles crossed over 300 today even though a cold front in the morning cleared the smog a bit. Liu Guozheng, CFEJ secretary-general said the tower is intended to warn authorities never to forget their duty and encourage the public to pull together to combat the smog.

The public, meanwhile, is bemused by the tower’s function and have called on authorities to curb dangerous sources of polluting particles, the daily said.

Netizens expressed their frustration over the tower. “The so-called divine smog cleaner is more like a piece of performance art, which makes almost zero difference to cleaner air in the city. It devours the polluted air and exhales fresh air, but so little it won’t make any difference. The air will stay polluted,” the daily quoted a comment by Sina Weibo user.