HealthWay, an international leader in residential and commercial air purification systems, recently launched a new brand of commercial-grade, all-natural green cleaning products at the Healthy Buildings 2009 Conference in Syracuse, NY.
Online PR News – 23-September-2009 – – Pulaski, NY — September 23, 2009 - A family-owned and operated business for over 30 years, HealthWay has led the way in new technology designed to improve the quality of the environments in which we live. HealthWay advanced, medical-grade air filtration systems are known around the globe to be amongst the most effective air cleaners available. Just recently at the International Healthy Buildings Conference held in Syracuse September 13th-17th, HealthWay introduced a new line of products that take “green cleaning” to an entire new level.
HealthWay’s innovative residential and commercial products are the result of a passion and mission of the business and its employees to provide products that have a significant impact on improving the indoor air quality that we spend so much of our time in at home and at work. This same passion and commitment to a healthier living environment brought about a new line of solutions designed to further improve indoor air quality—terafore.
A number of studies have drawn a link between traditional cleaning products and the substantial increase in the number of people—especially children—afflicted with asthma and allergies. “When used indoors under certain conditions, many common household cleaners and air fresheners emit toxic pollutants at levels that may lead to health risks”, according to one such study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory1.
“While HealthWay air cleaners can substantially improve the air quality through patented, advanced filtration technology, terafore green cleaning products address the issue at the source by offering an effective, but healthier alternative to traditional household and commercial cleaning agents,” according to Vinny Lobdell, Jr., Vice President of Sales at HealthWay.
Unlike competing cleaners, terafore products are made from 100% biodegradable, plant-based materials—which means they not only provide a safer living environment, but they’re also more environmentally-friendly. Some cleaners claim to be “all-natural” but may be comprised of petroleum-based chemicals, whereas terafore products use all-natural, plant-based ingredients.
While the terafore line will expand in the future, the initial product line will include an All-purpose Cleaner, Window & Surface Cleaner, Carpet Cleaner, an EPA-registered Disinfectant, and an Anti-allergen Solution. These terafore products contain no dye or phosphates and, more important to our immediate health concerns, they do not release Volatile Organic Compounds into the air you breathe—the pollutants that have been linked in numerous studies to increased asthma and allergy rates, particularly amongst children. A 2004 report from the National Center for Health Statistics states that the incidence of asthma among preschool-aged children rose by 160% between 1980 and 19942. To still further enhance air quality, all terafore products also contain a proprietary anti-allergen solution, specially formulated to render allergens such as pet dander and dust mite matter harmless.
True to the mission of HealthWay, the terafore production facility is the only soap manufacturer that is registered with and operates under regulations set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Certified Carbon-neutral, the terafore facility has won the highest EPA award given in that industry.
While HealthWay is evaluating offering a residential line of green cleaning products, the Healthy Buildings conference in Syracuse was the official launch of a commercial-grade, concentrated cleaner. The concentrated version can be purchased in bulk and mixed with water at different dilution ratios dependent upon the cleaning strength needed for the particular job at hand. This provides cost-effective, yet powerful and safe cleaning agents that minimize packaging waste.
Buyers of these commercial cleaners might include school districts, universities, government institutions, health care facilities, hospitality and restaurants, janitorial service providers, and others. With the recent outbreaks of MRSA, swine flu and other viruses in our schools, HealthWay believes schools, universities and day cares are prime candidates for greener, healthier environments through use of terafore. At least three states, including NY, have already mandated the use of green cleaning products in schools and more are sure to follow. Mr. Lobdell added, “We’ve already received interest in our green cleaners—especially our disinfectant—from some school districts in Central New York concerned about the spread of MRSA, swine flu and other viruses.”
It’s no coincidence that HealthWay debuted terafore at the prestigious International Healthy Buildings conference. The conference, hosted by the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE), attracted researchers, business professionals, and academics interested in indoor air quality and sustainable building environments from across the globe The conference was started by the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and this most recent conference was the first time the event was held in the U.S. in 12 years.
By exhibiting at the conference, HealthWay was able to talk to some of these industry professionals and other leaders interested in making their facilities healthier. Among the sponsors and attendees HealthWay met with was the New York State Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, the national organization that certifies buildings for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (better known as LEED). Beyond green building practices, LEED also encourages green practices in operations and maintenance, which is where HealthWay comes in.
LEED offers an additional credit toward certification for buildings that implement comprehensive green cleaning programs. “Children aren’t the only ones affected adversely by traditional cleaning agents—studies have shown maintenance people and even office workers can develop asthma or other health problems through regular exposure to caustic cleaners,” explained Mr. Lobdell. HealthWay believes that LEED-certified building developers as well as schools, day cares, and other institutions are beginning to recognize the need for greener cleaning solutions while they continue to further their efforts to be more environmentally responsible and provide safer indoor living environments.
2 INFORM, Inc. (2006). Cleaning for School Health: Asthmagens in Institutional Cleaning Products. Available at: www.informinc.org/fs_chp_Asthmagens%20in%20Institutional%20Cleaning%20FINAL.pdf