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World’s Cleanest Country : Denmark

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Imagine waking up in the morning, opening the window and taking a deep breath of fresh air is like everyone’s dream.  
Well, it must be what every Danes feels like every morning. 

Denmark, is a Nordic country which is known as one of the cleanest countries in the world. In fact, in 2006 – 2008, the University of Leicester and World Database of Happiness from Ruut Veenhoven of Erasmus University Rotterdam has doing a survey of “How happy the Danish are? with the scale of 1 to 10. The results are most Danes were rated at least an eight, and several of them were rated nines and tens. 

The secret behind the Danes are the happiest people in the world. 

Actually, it is not a secret but it is more about culture or tradition, it is Societal Trust”. 

In Denmark, trust is the basis of most social interactions as well as business and government, which is why Danes are trusting their government or people who hold power in these positions to acted in the best interest of society, and there is very little corruption. 

  • Stable government 
  • Low levels of corruption 
  • Access to high-quality education and health care 

As we can see now, Denmark was really made great jobs and be the pioneer in the leadership and climate change in reducing the uses of gas emissions and developing natural resources as energy. 

Denmark is in the rank number 1 of high scorers exhibit long-standing policies and programs to protect public health, preserve natural resources, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. 

DenmarkThe 2020 EPI scores and ranks the environmental performance for 180 countries, based on the most recent year of data available. It also shows how these scores have changed over the previous decade. – YALE SCHOOL OF FORESTRY & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 

Denmark is doing a great job in creating a better social well-fare and environment. You can travel to Denmark to experience fresher air, healthier environment to revive and relieve yourself from the pollution and hectic days during your working day. 

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How to Successfully Throw an Awesome Barbecue Party

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Are you planning to throw a barbecue party? What kind of events are you planning on? Is it a graduation party, birthday party, wedding party, or new year party? Whatever the occasion is, a barbecue party is a great option to celebrate a big event with your friends and your family. 

But, before you start throwing out a party, here are the 6 tips to have an awesome barbecue party! 

1. Theme 

To throw a party, we need a theme of the party. You must know what the objective of this party is. Is it a birthday party or just a celebration of New Year’s Eve or Christmas?  

2. Place 

You have to know where you want to hold the party. You can hold the party it in the park, your house, your backyard, it’s your choice. The place must be matched to the theme. If you are planning on throwing a beach party, then you must hold the party in outdoor. 

3. Invitation 

Design your own design invitation card. If it is possible, use the party theme on your invitation card. 

4. Decorations 

Decorate your venue with table décor, flowers, balloons and other decorations to heat up the ambience. 

5. Foods and Drinks 

What is the point of party without delicious foods? An essential part of any party is the food. As a party maker, you have to serve variety of foods, salads and appetizers to your guests. Here are some party foods that work well with any party theme. 

  • Snack: Chips, Guacamole, Salsa 
  • Main Course: Grilled Salmon, Hamburger, Rib Rubs 
  • Side Dish: Fruit Salad, Pasta Salad, Tortilla 
  • Dessert: Ice Cream, Cupcakes, Apple Pie 
  • Drinks: Cocktail, Mineral Water, Soda 

6. Entertainment 

Think some of entertainment activities to heat up the party. You can make a playlist song to make your guests sing along and dance or prepare some games like Ping Pong or Never Have I Ever. 

 


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Smoke Cabin

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Smoke Solution assist in designing, dimensioning and equipping both cabin-combinations and purpose-built smoking lounge to meet local regulations and other requirements.





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What Are Possible Sources of Indoor Air Pollution?

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Nobody wants to breathe polluted air, but they have no idea that the air they breathed in inside their home are contaminated to many pollutants. It is sad to be true, but the indoor air quality is 10 times worse than the outdoor air quality. 

Since we spent 80% of our times indoor, there is a high chance that we breathed polluted air every day and infected our lung with pollutants that can impact to our health. 

Common Indoor Air Pollutants 

1. Particulates 

If you use alternative heating coal such as wood stove, then you are exposed to the smoke particulates every day. The particulates in the smoke can fly in the air and inhaled to your lungs. It can absorb to your lung and damaging it. 

2. Tobacco 

If you are a smoker or live with a smoker, chances of compounds and chemicals in your indoor air are heavily high. The only solution to avoid this is to make your home smoke-free and do not let anyone smoke inside your house. 

3. Volatiles 

You may not know about this, but, your cleaning products, hairsprays, paints, fabrics are the sources of volatile organic compounds. You can reduce the uses of hairsprays to protect yourself from the exposure of pollutants. 

 

These indoor air pollutants are dangerous to our health. You can protect yourself and your family by cleaning-up your house regularly, let the window open to circulate the air or installing an air purifier in your living room or your bedroom to keep your indoor air fresh. 

 

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5 Smart Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

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Indoor Air Pollution 

Did you know that the indoor air quality is 10 times worse than the outdoor air quality? Yes, the air that you breathe in your home is as bad – or even worse than it is outdoors.  To make it worse, 80% of our time are spent in indoor area which makes us breathe pollute air every day 

What is exactly air pollution? 

According to the British Lung Foundation defines indoor air pollution as “dust, dirt or gases in the air inside a building that harms us if we breathe it in”. 

It means that without us knowing, the indoor air is contained so many dust, gases, bacteria and other pollutants in the airborne. The World Health Organization (WHO) said, the indoor air pollution killed a staggering 4.3 million people worldwide in 2012, of which 99,000 people were in Europe suffering from serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions such as lung cancer and heart disease. 

But there are still ways for us to breathe cleaner and fresher air.  

5 Smart Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality 

  • Clean your house regularly 
    Clean your house, carpets and sofas regularly can reduce the level of pollutants in your home or your office. So, make sure to clean it up regularly or hire a professional to clean it up for you.
  • Make your home smoke-free zone 
    If you are a smoker, then you should hold yourself a bit to not smoke cigarettes inside your house. Why? Cigarettes contain more than 4,000 chemicals and the smoke and odour of your cigarettes can pollute your air.  It would be better if you stop smoking, or smoke outside your house and do not let anyone smoke inside your house. 
  • Use Cooking Vents 
    Gas stoves release harmful contaminants, including carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. Which is why, you need to install a kitchen vents to remove and filter out the air to improve indoor air quality. 
  • Buy indoor plants 
    Plants are nature’s natural air filters. Besides, investing indoor plants can boost your mood by looking at the green fresh leaves. 
  • Invest in an air purifier 
    Yes, an air purifier is great to trap and remove almost 100% of pollutants, bacteria and viruses, filtering it and releasing it back out into the room with cleaner and fresher air.
    It is highly recommended tools to improve your indoor air quality. 
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How To Remove Cigarette Smell in 3 Ways

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Who likes the smell of cigarette smoke? Even though you are smokers or non-smokers, we all do not like the smells from cigarette smoke or another object lingering in our house or cars, isn’t it? 

However, the cigarette smoke leaves a strong odour in your car and even your house. The reason why cigarettes leave a strong odour in your fabric, sofa, hairs and leather is because these types of material can easily be absorbed by cigarette smoke.  

Unfortunately, removing the lingering cigarette smells in your t-shirt, sofa, fabric or your room is not as easy as we thought. But there are ways for you to try to remove the cigarette smell easier. 

Here are the three ways for you to remove cigarette smell: 

Coffee Grounds 

If you are a coffee lover, then you can easily have this thing. The coffee grounds can absorb the odour of cigarette smoke in your car or your room. 

How to use coffee grounds to remove odours? 

  1. You need to prepare coffee grounds and a bowl 
  2. Fill the bowl with the coffee grounds 
  3. Please place it in the place you want to remove the odours 

Charcoal

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Some of you do not think that charcoal can help you to remove odour in your room. It turns out, charcoal contains pores (small microscopic holes), that attract molecules (gases, liquids, and even solids). That is why charcoal is a highly recommended option for you to remove odours. 

How to use charcoal to remove odours? 

  1. You need to prepare activated charcoal and a bowl 
  2. Fill the bowl with the activated charcoal 
  3. Please place it in the place you want to remove the odours 

Note: the more activated charcoal you use, the faster the odours absorb. 

Baking Soda

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Baking soda has the ability to absorb the odour of cigarette smoke in your carpet or furniture. 

How to use baking soda to remove odours? 

  1. Prepare the baking soda 
  2. Spread the baking soda on the carpets, sofas or other furnitures 
  3. Wait for 1 or 2 hours for baking soda to absorb the odour 
  4. Clean it. 

After trying this way to remove cigarette smells, do not forget to keep your house or your car clean by regularly cleaning your home or your vehicle so the odour will not linger for a long time.  

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Centralized vs. Point of Use Treatment

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Drinking water treatment can be accomplished either in centralized water treatment facilities or at individual homes or businesses.

In large cities, water treatment facilities treat large volumes of water intended for residential, business, and industrial uses. While the technologies may be fairly standard, such a system may have a host of infrastructure, such as filters, chemical storage, pumps, piping, valves, electrical equipment, and instrumentation. Initial cost is typically high. They may also require water source development, construction of infrastructure, and adoption of a system to distribute the water to consumers. In most developing countries, these systems may be financially out of reach for smaller or poorer communities.

Smaller communities can reduce costs by using pre-engineered “package plants.” Most package plants designed to provide water filtration are typically not equipped for disinfection, corrosion control, or adsorption of organic contaminants by granular activated carbon.

Where community treatment plants are not available or are not trustworthy, water treatment becomes a more individual choice. Point-of-use and point-of-entry water treatment systems are widely used in individual homes and businesses. In poorer areas, where there are significant deficiencies in financial resources and technical skills, point-of-use and point-of-entry may be the only treatment options. Point-of-use systems are typically installed where water is used for drinking and cooking, such as on the kitchen faucet. Point-of-entry systems, in contrast, are installed where water enters a building and treat all water to be used for any purpose at that location. Systems exist that can treat a number of contaminants including primarily aesthetic concerns (e.g., color and odor).


Charcoal Briquettes

Charcoal Briquettes

Cavron’s Coconut Charcoal Briquettes are of an extremely high quality and are 100% natural. We do not use any artificial chemicals in our products. The granulated charcoal is mixed with our all-natural tapioca starch to bind the charcoal briquettes – a 100% food grade product made from the plant Manihot Esculenta.

Our BBQ briquettes are based on our high-quality carbon granulate from carbonised coconut shells and offer a superior green alternative to regular wood charcoal and fossilised coal. The use of our briquettes is primarily as a fuel source for barbecuing. In other words, with Cavron Coconut Charcoal Briquettes you will know what you are grilling with – we guarantee that our charcoal is clean without any unhealthy, badly tasting chemicals.






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Breathe Easy: Guide To Improve Indoor Air Quality

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We tend to think of air pollution as something outside — smog, ozone, or haze hanging in the air, especially in summer. But the truth is, the air indoors can be more polluted than the air outside. The air inside your home may be polluted by lead, formaldehyde, radon, or even volatile chemicals from fragrances used in conventional cleaners. Children, people with asthma, and the elderly may be especially sensitive to indoor pollutants.
To improve indoor air quality, follow these simple steps:
1. Keep your home fresh
Chemicals and allergens can accumulate in household dust for decades. By using a vacuum with a HEPA filter you can reduce concentrations of lead in your home. You can also get rid of other toxins as well as allergens like pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. A HEPA filter ensures that dust and dirt won’t get blown back out in the exhaust. In high traffic areas, vacuum the same spot several times. Don’t forget walls and carpet edges, where dust accumulates. For best results, vacuum two or more times each week and wash out your filter regularly.

2. Keep a healthy level of humidity
Dust mites and mold love moisture. Keeping humidity around 30%-50% helps keep them and other allergens under control. A dehumidifier (and air conditioner during summer months) helps reduce moisture in indoor air and effectively controls allergens, Lang says. An air conditioner also reduces indoor pollen count — another plus for allergy-sufferers.

3. Make your home a no-smoking zone
Perhaps the most important aspect of indoor air pollution is secondhand cigarette smoke. Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals. For the smoker, this addiction causes cancer, breathing problems, heart attacks, and stroke. Secondhand smoke will also increase a child’s risk of developing ear and respiratory infections, asthma, cancer, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

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Vapor Phase Granular Activated Carbon

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Vapor phase Granular Activated Charcoal (GAC) is a treatment technology that removes contaminants from air. Contaminated air is passed through one or more vessels containing GAC. Contaminants stay onto the surfaces of the activated carbon grains. The thermal processing of carbon, often from coconut shells, creates small porous particles with a large internal surface area. This processing activates the carbon. The activated carbon attracts and adsorbs organic molecules as well as certain metal and inorganic molecules. When the concentration of contaminants in the vapor exceeds a certain level, the carbon must be replaced.

 

Limitations and Concerns

  • Some degradation products such as vinyl chloride and smaller molecules are not sorbed well, and consequently must be monitored carefully.
  • All spent carbon eventually needs to be disposed in landfills or regenerated. There are few regeneration facilities.
  • The carbon used for some contaminants (g.,metals) can not be regenerated.
  • Relative humidity greater than 50% can reduce carbon capacity
  • Some compounds, such as ketones, may cause carbon bed fires because they release heat upon adsorption.

 

Applicability

This technology is used to treat off-gas contaminats with VOCs and some fuels.

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Utilization of Coconuts

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Indonesia is an important producer of coconuts in the world.  Despite the mass production of coconuts, application of the coconut is still generally limited to the fruit of copra, and coconut oil for home use. Other by-products such as coconut shells are usually treated as wastes and not fully utilized. Indeed, the weight of the shell reaches 12% of the weight of the coconuts. With this, we can see a big potential of such a large shell production for productive activities that can increase the value added.

One of the products made from coconut shell is the coconut charcoal briquettes. These are very green products because no trees are cut down and the waste that would otherwise be thrown away is now processed to be sustainable natural resources. Amazingly, compared to other conventional charcoal made by wood or coal, coconut charcoal briquettes have distinctive advantages, which make them more popular in the world market.

Among these, coconut charcoal burns hotter and longer that makes it especially perfect for slow grilling. There’s no added chemical on the charcoal, so everyone gets a clean burn. It is more like grilling with real wood rather than charcoal briquettes. The smell of the charcoal is rather neutral other than just having a grilling smoke smell with the foods.

Coconut charcoal briquettes are also reusable. When finished grilling the meal, the remaining charcoal can be used as a bottom or base for the next grill out. The coconut charcoal definitely has staying power.

Availability may be an issue in some areas, but it will never be the problem in Indonesia.

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Why is it important to protect drinking water?

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Contamination, the introduction of a pollutant or undesirable material into the air, soil, or water, has many negative and far-reaching effects. Thus it is important to protect drinking water from contamination for public health, economic, and environmental reasons.

Water is necessary to all living things. It makes up approximately 70% of the human body’s weight and plays a role in its functions, such as digestion and cooling.  Without clean drinking water, we could not survive.  If the drinking water is contaminated, many health risks can result: bacteria can result in illnesses such as hepatitis or cholera; a component of gasoline, benzene, is known to be a carcinogen; lead causes kidney, liver, and nerve damage as well as pregnancy risks.

Protecting drinking water also makes good environmental sense. In the past, people thought that if we buried chemicals in the ground they would disappear.  This is now a proven fallacy that has resulted in dire consequences for our environment.  Everything we put into the environment accumulates. Contamination can take years to clean up and not all ground water contamination can be treated successfully with current technology. This is why pollution prevention is crucial.

 

What is contamination?

Contamination is the introduction of a pollutant or undesirable material into air, soil, or water.  There are three types of contaminants: microorganisms, inorganic chemicals, and organic chemicals.  Microorganisms are living organisms such as bacteria, viruses, and Giardia.  Inorganic chemicals such as nitrate, arsenic and metals are another type of contaminant. Microorganisms and some inorganic chemicals are naturally occurring substances that taken out of drinking water through treatment at our local water systems.  Organic chemicals can be solvents, fuels, and pesticides.