Monthly Archives: July 2016

How the technology converts sea water

UCLA researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science announced earlier this week the development of new reverse osmosis (RO) technology that could boost the productivity of seawater desalination and wastewater reclamation.

Traditional RO desalination utilizes extremely high pressure to force polluted or salty water through a dense, semi-permeable polymer film. The pressurized water molecules pass through the pores of the membrane, leaving salt ions and impurities trapped in the film, resulting in purified water.

According to civil and environmental engineering assistant professor Eric Hoek, who led the research team that developed the new RO method, traditional RO can be costly because the polymer film becomes soiled quickly, and a high volume of energy is required to force the water through the membrane.

Hoek’s new RO device uses a unique cross-linked matrix of polymers and engineered nanoparticles that draws in water ions and repels nearly all contaminants. The new membrane is built on the nanoscale to create tiny tunnels that draw water and allow it to flow through much easier than contaminants.

“The nanoparticles are designed to attract water and are highly porous, soaking up water like a sponge, while repelling dissolved salts and other impurities,” Hoek said. “The water-loving nanoparticles embedded in our membrane also repel organics and bacteria, which tend to clog up conventional membranes over time.”

Hoek’s new membranes require less energy to pump water through them, and since the membranes repel particles that stick to traditional RO surfaces, they become soiled less quickly. The new RO membranes are as effective as current RO methods, but are less expensive and more productive, Hoek said. Initial tests on the membranes suggest they could reduce the expense of desalinating water by up to 25 percent.

Hoek said the world is in great need of a supply of affordable, sustainable clean water. “It is essential that we reduce the overall cost of desalination — including energy demand and environmental issues — before a major draught occurs and we lack the ability to efficiently and effectively increase our water supply.”

Eco friendly LED lighting technology

I’m passionate about solving problems and doing my part to make our world a better place. My passions focus on areas that include disease prevention through nutrition, green living, renewable energy, consumer safety, animal welfare and more. For the past four years, my efforts have focused primarily on education, grassroots activism and content creation. Today, I’m expanding the scope of these efforts with the launch of two new for-profit entities that aim to deliver practical yet innovative products that help people live healthier, more sustainable lives in harmony with our planet.

The two companies are:

EcoLEDs (www.EcoLEDS.com) – A manufacturer of mercury-free, energy-efficient LED lighting products using breakthrough technology to deliver the most environmetally-friendly lighting products in the world. These LED lights, which replace regular light bulbs in homes and offices worldwide, greatly reduce CO2 emissions, save money on electricity and contain no mercury like compact fluorescent light bulbs do.

Better Life Goods- An online retailer of innovative products for sustainable living. Currently, Better Life Goods carries our EcoLEDs lighting products and superior quality NiMH rechargeable batteries that offer tremendous savings in both money and natural resources compared to throwaway alkaline batteries. We also carry a new, breakthrough NiMH battery charger with a super bright backlight display and the ability to refresh old NiMH batteries.

As we add more products in the coming weeks, you’ll see an assortment of unique solutions for green living, energy conservation, personal safety and much more. (This retailer will never carry vitamins, herbs or nutritional supplements, by the way. I’m happy to recommend other sources for those products.)

Introducing RoHS compliance

Both EcoLEDs and Better Life Goods offer products adhering to strict RoHS guidelines. That’s the new European standard called Reduction of Hazardous Substances. It means our products contain no mercury, cadmium lead or other toxic chemicals or heavy metals. As far as I know, we are currently the only consumer products company in the United States that has gone to the trouble (and expense) of manufacturing and selling RoHS-certified products.

Since these rules are not required in the United States, most retailers pay no attention to them and keep selling products made with mercury and other toxic substances. But because I’m such a proponent of protecting both nature and human health, I insist on sourcing RoHS-certified products wherever possible.

Plant technology

images-1In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the more interesting products and issues we’re uncovering these days. There’s a product that I highly recommend for those that want a nutritious food bar made with real food, and not a bunch of processed or manufactured ingredients.

It’s called LaraBar, and if you look at the ingredients on any of the available LaraBars, you’ll be quite pleased because there are only three or four key ingredients. These bars are real food; they’re made with fruit and nuts, and are they delicious.

I’ve been buying and eating these in great quantities, probably going a little overboard, in fact. I recommend you take a look at these bars, because so many of the other food bars out there are really just candy bars. But not LaraBars — these are the real deal.

I’m also excited about the Organic Food Bar, which is increasingly available everywhere. On the new company front, there’s also Lydia’s Organics which makes some outstanding dehydrated food bars that are simply the best I’ve ever found. I recently purchased around $60 worth of her food bars for some travel I had to do, and I couldn’t have been happier. While everybody else on the airplane was suffering through foods loaded with sodium and additives, I was crunching away on Lydia’s Organics food bars.

The healing power of natural sunlight

I’m also excited about sunshine, and the increasing realization of just how important natural sunlight is to your health. The more I learn about sunshine, the more fascinating it becomes. Sunlight is an essential nutrient for optimal human health. It’s something that every person needs, and yet as I am increasingly observing, very few people get sufficient sunlight. Part of that is because most of us work indoors, and so we sit under artificial light rather than getting the natural light nature intended our bodies to have.

There are some interesting issues here as far as workplace health, and what employers could do to help their employees receive some healing natural sunlight. There are also some widespread health implications in this. Imagine if people went outside in increasing numbers… think of what we could do as an entire nation in terms of preventing disease and reducing health care costs. If every person went outside for five minutes a day and got some sunshine on their skin, we would see dramatic reductions in breast cancer, prostate cancer, schizophrenia and depression, obesity, osteoporosis, and even nervous system disorders. All of this is due to vitamin D of course, and vitamin D deficiency seems to be present at epidemic levels in our modern society. But the good news is you can counteract all of this by simply going outside and getting sunshine on your skin on a regular basis.

Sea kelp for garden plants

Another item I’m excited about is the research I’m conducting on the use of sea kelp on garden plants, and how this impacts human health when people eat foods right out of their garden. Preliminary research is showing that when plants are treated with sea kelp, in powdered or liquid concentrate form, they produce fruits and vegetables with much higher levels of antioxidants and phytochemicals. These plants are also more resistant to disease and pests, and they produce larger yields.

But even more interesting, when human beings consume these fruits and vegetables, they receive additional health benefits, such as enhanced immune system function, that would not be available if they were eating plants that were not treated with sea kelp. Sea kelp is something that’s quite inexpensive to use, and it seems to offer tremendous benefits to the home gardener. And since I’m a person who always recommends that people grow their own food and eat it right out of the garden as much as they can, sea kelp is certainly going to be one of the top nutritional supplements for plants that I’m going to be covering in future articles.

New aeroponic technology

Speaking of growing your own plants at home, I’m very excited about a new upcoming product announcement that I will be covering in great detail, an aeroponic growing system. This new aeroponic growing system will be sold to consumers, allowing them to grow garden vegetables with almost no hassle. With an aeroponic system, there’s obviously no soil needed whatsoever. Thanks to the simplicity of this high tech system, it’s going to be a hands-off product, where you just put in the seeds of whatever garden vegetables you want, press a button to tell it to go, and then the system takes over from there. A few weeks later, you have large plants, and a few months later, you have produce growing right out of this new aeroponic technology system.

This is exciting because it will allow people who aren’t gardeners to effectively grow their own produce, even without gardening knowledge or much space. You could grow garden vegetables in a windowsill, for example. With all of the new research showing the health benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables, eating these fruits and vegetables straight out of garden in their raw, live, state is going to be an essential part of maintaining optimum health.

In fact, this could open up a whole new wave of interest in people growing their own dietary supplements. If you’re growing your own okra, and eating it raw right off the plant, as I do, for example, you’re going to experience a lot of health benefits from those live okra pods. But if you’re growing your own berries, such as blueberries, you can see even greater health benefits. Research has shown blueberries are even more effective at lowering LDL cholesterol levels than statin drugs. Again, this is something you don’t hear very much from doctors, or certainly from the pharmaceutical industry, but it’s been proven true — blueberries are better than statin drugs. And now, with these upcoming aeroponic growing systems, consumers finally have a realistically simple way to grow their own berries.

The system I’m talking about isn’t ready yet — the manufacturer says it will take another six months, probably. But I’ll keep you posted on this when it’s finally available.

When this new technology is finally releases, I can see a lot of people growing strawberries right out of their kitchens, or growing blueberries and eating them right off the vine as medicine. Remember, it was Hippocrates that said let your food be your medicine, and when it comes to food, there’s nothing healthier than growing it yourself. So in the months and years ahead, you will definitely see me emphasizing the importance of becoming a gardener, even if you’re using a simple-to-use aeroponic system in a windowsill that you don’t even have to mess with in any complicated way. To me, it’s simply astounding to think of all the medicinal foods that people could be growing in these aeroponic systems.

Think about it. You could even grow your own aloe vera plants right in your kitchen, chop off a leaf and squeeze out the gel, and put that into a blended drink. You would receive enormous cardiovascular benefits from doing so. This is a habit that I have adopted, and since I grow aloe vera plants outside, in the desert sun, I have the luxury of being able to eat raw aloe vera leaves anytime I want. But for most people, that isn’t an option because they don’t live in the desert. With an aeroponic system, they could do this indoors. These aeroponic systems, by the way, should cost somewhere around $100 each, which is very affordable, and unlike the aeroponic systems available today, these new consumer targeted systems are going to be very easy to use, and there will be no assembly required.