Life in Plastic, it’s Fantastic!

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This Bratz doll has lots of water bottle companies to choose from! Picture from YouTube.

Everyone knows about BPA-free plastics. Most popular bottled water brands got rid of BPA plastics back in 2008, when studies revealed its toxicity. It’s dangerous to drink from plastic water bottles because you don’t know where the bottles have been. Let me explain. Continue reading “Life in Plastic, it’s Fantastic!”

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Green Roofs

 

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A green roof photographed by InterNACHI.

The Basics

Recently I’ve been working on a project at my job – How much energy could we save if we changed our building’s roof to a green roof? Answer: I don’t know. That would require a lot of math which I don’t have the energy to calculate. But I did learn some stuff on the way to giving up. For instance: Changing up your roof adds oxygen to the air and attracts wildlife. Continue reading “Green Roofs”

Ozonation

Most sources on the internet state that ozonation water treatment dates back to the 1800s. The truth is that ozonation could only take place once electricity was discovered, so ozonation as a water treatment method wasn’t studied until the 1840s. The most basic ozonation system includes a transformer, circuit, and water. Take caution if you purchase or own such devices as ozone causes lung damage, and beware that water and electricity are a deadly combination.

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The inside of an ozone generator. Photo from CureZone.

 

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Aquaporins

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Nanofilter photo from the European Research Media Center.

Aquaporins. In simple terms, these are water channels in the cell wall that allow for H2O molecules to travel in and out of the cell so that the cell won’t swell and explode. Scientists discovered that by using these aquaporins, you can sort out H2O molecules from otherwise impure water. Aquaporins themselves are very small and delicate, so a screen is used and the aquaporins are melted onto the layer of net. Impure water can then be sifted.

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Wonder Down Under 2

What makes Lake Rotomairewhenua of New Zealand the cleanest lake in the entire world? It compares to distilled water in its level of clarity and cleanliness. In my last post I covered the possibilities of UV radiation, decreased air pressure, freezing cold temperatures, and limited human interference. After a little digging, I found The Freshwater Project by Michel Roggo from Switzerland. Roggo is a photographer whose passion is photographing clear, beautiful waters.

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Membrane filtration as explained by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Wonder Down Under

Blue Lake or Rotomairewhenua of New Zealand contains the cleanest natural water in the entire world. It is protected not only by Nelson Lakes National Park but also by a local tribe for its sacred waters.

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Image of the lake in New Zealand by Michel Roggo.

If you’re anything like me, you probably wonder why and how Rotomairewhenua came to be this way. Although only seven meters deep, you can see straight through it. Students at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) in Finland conducted a study called “New technology purifies waste water by freezing it first: Possible applications in mineral extraction industry” in January of 2015 that helped me connect the dots on this lake. Continue reading “Wonder Down Under”

Education and Leadership

The Education and Leadership Fellows for Sustainability (ELFs) program at my University (SUNY at Buffalo) was recently featured in the UB Reporter. While at the event I had the pleasure of conversing with President Tripathi on some ideas I had for sustainability on campus. He shared some useful advice on how to succeed in University that I definitely will apply to my own career here at UB.

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Photo by Douglas Levere on UB Now.

Above is the photo of President Tripathi and I discussing the future of sustainability at the ELF social event. The article on the campus initiative to reduce landfill waste can be found here. Additionally, Please take a peek at my current news page! You can access it on the right side bar under “Current News”. While on the menu be sure to follow me to hear more about water treatment in the developing world, or if you are just open to new environmental ideas.