Treating Toxic Wastewater with Seaweed?

Wastewater containing toxic heavy metals & industrial dyes is a serious environmental dilemma.  Scientists in India have developed a nanomaterial drawn from seaweed to effectively treat toxic wastewater. Membrane-based filtration generally can’t filter out heavy metal pollutants, but researchers have synthesized a carbon based nanocomposite derived from seaweed which has shown a strong absorption capacity for various cationic and anionic dyes as well as lead and chromium.  With seaweed being used as the starting material, this carbon-based cleaning process is fully “green” without the use of chemicals.

LEAD EXPOSURE AT FIRING RANGES AND YOUR SAFETY

Exposure to lead dust and fumes at the firing range can present a potential health risk to shooters, firearm instructors, other range employees and their families.  There are many ways you may be exposed to lead dust while shooting:

  • Exploding primers containing lead styphnate & the friction from the lead slug against the gun barrel create airborne lead.
  • Spent bullets and settled dust can contaminate both indoor & outdoor ranges.
  • Slugs hitting the bullet trap, walls, floors or ceiling of the range create lead dust.
  • The process of removing spent bullets or the face of earthen bullet trap backstops can generate large quantities of lead dust.
  • Airborne lead dust can concentrate in outdoor ranges, depending on weather conditions.
  • Lead dust can collect on clothes during the day.  When those clothes are worn home, the lead can contaminate shooters’ cars and homes.

What you can do to protect yourself:

  • Make sure the range is correctly ventilated.
  • Keep the bullet loading area clean.
  • At the range, wash hands & face before eating, drinking, or smoking.
  • Wash hands & face before leaving the range
  • Wash range clothes separately from the rest of the family’s clothes.

Simply washing with ordinary soap & water will not significantly reduce the spread of contamination or the danger of ingestion.  So BE SAFE by using CLEAN-ALL HEAVY METALS HAND & BODY SOAP!  The latest in soap technology, formulated to bond with lead residue so it simply rinses away.  It is also an effective way to keep surfaces and laundry clean & safe.

SCIENTISTS ABLE TO EXTRACT LEAD & MERCURY FROM WATER IN SECONDS!

Scientists from EPFL (A research institute & university in Switzerland) along with colleagues at UC-Berkeley & Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a way to remove toxic heavy metals from water in a matter of seconds, making it drinkable. The solution uses metal organic frameworks (MOFs), which are materials made up of metal nodes interlinked by organic chemical ‘struts’.  The MOFs have the unique ability to “pull” water vapor and other gases from the air.  These same features make them promising materials also for selectively removing heavy metals from water.  The final MOF composite, named Fe-BTC/PDA, can quickly and selectively remove high amounts of heavy metals like lead and mercury from real-world water samples.  It was tested in solutions comparable to the worst water samples found in Flint, Michigan and in a matter of seconds reduced the lead levels to drinkable, as deemed by US EPA & WHO standards.

According to the World Health Organization, nearly 1 billion people don’t have access to clean drinking water, and that number is expected to grow due to climate change, our increasing energy needs, and our use of heavy metals in industrial processes.  This discovery could be incredibly beneficial for in-home or wastewater treatment technologies, especially in the event of an impending water crisis.

CLEAN-ALL…THE TRUE GRIT!

I recently spoke with various people in the carbide manufacturing business in regards to the type of soap their workers were using.  Working with carbide, they may be exposed to heavy metals such as cobalt or nickel, used as a binding agent in the manufacturing process.  Many noted that they used a gritty industrial soap.  Some were unsure if the soap was even formulated to remove heavy metals!

I used to work as a roofer when I was younger, and I understand the satisfaction of a gritty soap and scrubbing the tar out from beneath your fingernails.  The difference in working with toxic heavy metals is they’re invisible to the eye!  It doesn’t matter if your soap is gritty, you need it specifically formulated to remove the heavy metals!  Why not use a soap that’s gentle on your hands, but tough on washing away those heavy metals?

USE CLEAN-ALL HEAVY METALS HAND & BODY SOAP!

FORMULATED TO REMOVE:

  • LEAD
  • ALUMINUM
  • COPPER
  • GALLIUM
  • MERCURY
  • COBALT
  • ZINC
  • NICKEL
  • CADMIUM

Toxic Heavy Metals Found in E-Cigarette Aerosols

Researchers have discovered an alarming amount of toxic heavy metals in e-cigarette aerosols. The aerosol which a smoker inhales is created from an e-liquid which is heated by a metallic coil in the smoking device.  56 of these devices were analyzed and many had toxic levels of chromium, nickel, and lead.  Heavy metals manganese and zinc were also found as potentially toxic through inhalation.  Researchers believe these metals are transferred from the e-cigarette device (most likely the heating coil) to the e-liquid and from the e-liquid to the aerosol that is inhaled by the user.

Unfortunately, we at CLEAN-ALL don’t offer a product to clean your lungs from these toxic aerosols, so please put down the e-cigarette (or regular cigarette) and BE SAFE!

THERE’S GOLD IN THEM THAR BACTERIA!

Usually, to extract gold from ores, you must boil the ores in liquid mercury until only the gold remains.  This is a dangerous process since mercury is one of the most toxic of all heavy metals.  It’s also an environmental concern, due to the eventual disposal of the leftover mercury.  Enter a microscopic, soil-living bacterium by the name of C. metalliurans. Researchers have discovered a unique molecular process inside this bacterium, which converts copper and gold into an easily absorbable form. Once absorbed, the toxic versions of the heavy metals are changed to inert versions.  In the case of gold, the results are tiny gold nuggets!

If scientists can replicate this process, they would be able to extract nontoxic gold in an easier & safer manner.  Until then, if you are involved in the process of extracting gold, BE SAFE!  Use Clean-All Heavy Metals Hand & Body Soap!

‘Single Atom in an Ion Trap’

Do you see that tiny speck of a blue dot?  Unbelievably, you are looking at a single-positively charged atom!  This amazing image recently won the 2018 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council science photography competition. What isn’t visible to the naked eye is lead dust!  Be Safe!  Use Clean-All Heavy Metals Hand & Body Soap!

Massive Amounts of Mercury Found in Thawing Alaskan Permafrost

Scientists estimate that more than 15 million gallons of mercury are contained in the frozen permafrost regions of Alaska.  When including the non-frozen soils of these regions, the amount more than doubles making it the largest concentration of natural mercury on Earth!  Increasing temperatures have the potential to thaw permafrost in the northern hemisphere, which could be devastating to ecosystems globally.  Once released into the atmosphere, mercury can travel long distances affecting many up the food chain. Additional research is being done in other parts of the world, but obviously this is a serious environmental issue to keep an eye on.

Exposure to the heavy metal mercury can result in major health issues affecting the nervous, digestive and immune systems, and may be fatal.

TOXIC TOYS IN THE ATTIC?

Here’s an interesting article for all you parents who may like to share your own childhood toys from yesteryear with your little ones today.  I’m guilty myself!  (Hello Secret Wars-era Alien Symbiote Spider-Man!)  It seems scientists in England found traces of hazardous elements in some of the toys produced in the 1970’s & 1980’s. 10% of the 200 toys tested positive for arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, mercury, lead, antimony, selenium and bromine.  All the toys tested were the perfect size for children to put in their mouths and chew on.  One of the worst offenders was Lego bricks, specifically the red and yellow ones.

So think twice before picking up that vintage Mekaneck Masters of the Universe action figure at the thrift store or bringing out your old Gem and the Holograms dolls from the attic!  You may want to give it a quick lead-test for safety’s sake!

New Recyling Restrictions in China Include Toxic Heavy Metals

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Last July, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection notified the World Trade Organization of upcoming restrictions on recyclable material being imported.  As of January 1st, 2018, China (the largest importer of U.S. recyclables) began banning 24 categories of foreign waste and is no longer accepting recovered mixed paper – as well as recycled PET, PE, PVC and PS, textiles and vanadium slag.  Restrictions on Category 7 Metals (which include copper scrap, aluminum scrap, aluminum used beverage cans (UBCs), lead, lead-acid batteries, nickel and zinc) have also tightened considerably.  This has forced the U.S. to look into alternative markets to process our recycling, not only internationally, but also here at home.  If you work in a recycling center and have the risk of handling any of these heavy metals, please be safe and remove toxic residue by using our Clean-All Soap.