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Posts from the ‘Pollution’ Category

  • November 21st, 2018

    On Guard! Don’t Let Drains Drain Your Energy

    Tweet “En guard!” is a French fencing phrase (say that three times fast) that means, “Get ready! Your opponent is about to run you through with a lance!” Or it may have meant, “Look out! Your drain is about to overflow!” The latter warning should never be uttered in these modern times, however. Not if [...]

  • July 25th, 2018

    Block That Spill!

    Tweet In football, cheerleaders sometimes chant, “Block that kick!” Other sports use similar lingo to keep the spectators enthused and the team amped up for a win. The spill containment field doesn’t employ a cheer squad per se, though anyone who works in environmental services is doubtless jubilant when a spill is averted or minimized. ISHN [...]

  • January 10th, 2018

    Hazardous Adsorbents, Part 2: Coconut Husk

    Tweet Nutritionists have been singing the praises of coconut for years. Touted benefits of coconut oil, for instance, include everything from boosting immunity to balancing hormones, aiding digestion to beautifying skin and hair. Coconut water is a delicious, almost calorie-free beverage, and coconut butter, a yummy, heart-healthy alternative on toast. What a versatile fruit! But [...]

  • March 2nd, 2016

    Ready to Run Off?

    Tweet With spring in the air, you may be getting ready to don your sneakers and start running to get in shape. But before you run off, consider the runoff you might need to attend to first: the overland flow from snow melt and winter storms that could clog drains with debris. Municipalities can rely [...]

  • November 11th, 2015

    Mine Your Own Business: Toxic Leaks

    Tweet “Over 30,000 mines are leaking toxic waste into American waterways,” screams the headline on, which then rightly asks, “If the Environmental Protection Agency, which caused the Animas River spill, can’t be trusted to safeguard our waterways, who can?” Good question. While Impact Absorbents can’t protect all waterways from leaking mines or oil spills, [...]

  • July 29th, 2015

    Cleaning Up Our Toxic Mess

    Tweet Children have parents to tell them to clean up their mess. Out in the wide world, however, businesses need to be their own watchdogs. And spills happen at an alarming rate. Every year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) responds to more than a hundred oil and chemical spills in U.S. waters that [...]

  • December 22nd, 2014

    How to Create a Healthier Business in the New Year

    Tweet There are many metrics for business health, from increasing sales to happy employees to a customer base that posts glowing reviews on social media. One of the least-often mentioned yet vitally important measures of business health is quite literal: a healthy building in which to work. While “sick building syndrome” (a term coined by [...]

  • June 25th, 2014

    Creating A Safe Harbor

    Tweet Everyone wants to feel they have a safe harbor. For some people, this is a spouse or significant other they can trust to hold their deepest feelings. For others, it’s close friends who’ve seen them through thick and thin. Perhaps a spiritual group or community organization is your touchstone in time of need. For [...]

  • June 18th, 2014

    Don’t be Crude

    Tweet Environmentalists have hotly opposed the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, the fourth and final phase of a trans-Canadian/US oil transport system, for its potential impact on land and water resources. The pipeline proposal has also ignited a geopolitical firestorm, enraged indigenous leaders, presented economic and safety concerns, and generated a spate of public protests — [...]

  • May 15th, 2014

    Drain Protection? That’s So Tacky!

    Tweet We know tacky can be, well, tacky. But there are times when tacky is fantastic, such as when you need to protect a drain from storm runoff. DrainProtector II is doubly tacky — sticky on both sides — so it forms a tight seal over the drain to keep liquids out. And while the [...]