This Mother’s Day, Don’t Buy Her What You Want To Give. Buy Her What She Wants To Get.

In an age in which “modern family” no longer refers to a hit TV show, biological mothers are not the only ones being celebrated this May. No, foster mothers, adopted mothers, godmothers, aunts and grandmothers who stood in as mothers, men who raised their kids and were both father and mother…all these and many more maternal figures will be celebrated this coming Mother’s Day. So how will you tell the “mom” in your life how much you appreciate all that she (or he!) has done for you?

While it’s a given that no matter what you do will earn you high praise (see: every mother ever who’s gushed over the folded-and-stained construction paper heart with “MOM” scrawled across its front in barely legible block letters), perhaps it’s time this year to gift the mother in your life with a present she’d never buy herself…and that will be useful and/or memorable to her for years to come.

Of course, we know how cliché that sounds. It’s what you hear every Mother’s Day, in conjunction with any-and-every item on the planet that’s on sale and “priced to move!” But we mean it wholeheartedly, and we’ve really thought about what the phrase means. It might be easier to first eliminate what not to buy. Does your mom really need a teddy bear holding a heart that says “I ♥ Mom?” Or a mug emblazoned with “Mom Of The Century?” Or a t-shirt with a picture of her kids airbrushed on the front? While we’re sure she’d appreciate the sentiment behind each of these, the answer to whether she needs any of them is likely no…she doesn’t. And she’ll likely only use them out of guilt. So. This year, rather than purchasing something we want to give our moms, why not buy something our moms want to get? Changes your mindset a bit, doesn’t it?

Now, we’re not telling you what to buy. Each mom is unique, as is your relationship with yours. It could be something as grand as sending her on that Mediterranean cruise she’s talked about booking for decades, or as simple as packing a picnic lunch and telling her to bring her favorite book for an afternoon in the sun. It could be tickets to her favorite band or opera, or cinema passes to that movie she hasn’t stopped talking about for weeks. But what it should be is particular to her, and to the things from which she derives the most pleasure.

We’re well aware that we have to put our money where our mouths are when it comes to dispensing any advice, let alone advice that concerns mothers (and mom substitutes whom are loved just as well). So we conducted an informal office survey, and laughed out loud at its results. Many of us here at Brondell, as it turns out, will be giving our moms a Swash bidet seat. It falls right into the category of something they’d never buy themselves…but which they’ll use every day. (Our employee discount doesn’t hurt either, as long as we’re being totally upfront. But that applies to ALL our products…and the vast majority of us chose to apply it to the Swash for our moms)! And while yeah, it’s a little bit weird to think of Mom smiling in appreciation of us whenever she leaves the bathroom, it’s a whole lot better than her grimacing as she puts another “Best Mom Ever” mug into the cupboard. You know, next to the rest of them.

(P.S. – just as a heads-up to those with a dad as their maternal figure…guys love the Swash just as much as women. If not more).

Good luck finding out just what your maternal figure wants to get this year…we promise that whatever it is, it’ll beat “Mr. Huggy With the Heart!” Happy May and Happy Mother’s Day, from our Brondell family to all of yours!

 

Earth Month = Rebirth Month

The dawn of Spring carries different meanings for different people. For some, it’s baseball’s Spring Training – the time when all MLB teams make their way down south to practice before commencing another season. For others, it’s the Spring Fling…the college (more specifically, the Greek life) kickoff to all of Spring’s parties and formals. But for almost everyone, it’s that oft-dreaded event…Spring Cleaning. Rather than look at it as a chore of drudgery, flip your mindset and see it as a chance for rebirth. After a year in which Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up spawned major life changes for millions, the benefits of living cleanly are clear. Let us help get you there.

Many of us think we can reorganize our closets, donate a couple bags of clothing to Goodwill, and be done with “spring cleaning” until next year. A much smaller number of people will break out the cleaning supplies and get down on their hands and knees to scrub their walls, windows, and baseboards. And a TINY number will make the fundamental changes that will positively affect their actual health, all year round.

Clean air and clean water are things we generally take for granted…without really verifying that the air we’re breathing in our home or that the water coming out of our faucets actually is clean. Unfortunately, it’s becoming more and more common that the opposite is true. Air pollution is becoming more and more common in North America, and the world at large, and its effects on our children have dire consequences. As the U.S. learned the hard way this past year, not even modern metropolises in first-world countries are exempt from water pollution crises. So what to do?

Installing air purifiers and water filtration systems in your abode is the first step to ensuring that you and your family live in a healthy home. And what’s the point of clearing out your closet or washing your windows if you’re living in a home that’s making you sick? Instead, rebirth your living space into a healthy oasis…that’s a Spring Cleaning that’ll last beyond the season.balance-both_facing-left _DSC7968

 

 

You Never Miss the Water ‘Til the Well Has Run Dry – Irish Proverb

This March, there are plenty of people who are more concerned with plotting the best pub crawl route featuring bars selling green beer than with finding potable drinking water for their families. To be sure, we don’t begrudge anyone their Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day…but we do try to keep in mind the fact that much of the world has to worry about having access to clean drinking water (before they can focus on turning it into green suds).

Ireland, too, is mindful of that fact, and is taking its own steps in addressing the projected water supply shortage. Its own University College Cork is now hosting a Capacity Development Center, part of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Global Environmental Monitoring System, Water (UNEP GEMS/Water). The center’s goal, in the words of its director, Dr. Deborah V. Chapman, is to “…make an important contribution to sustainable management of water resources at the global scale.”

The old Irish proverb heading this entry – “You never miss the water ’til the well has run dry” – is becoming a reality for more of the planet each year. By 2025, it is projected that half of Earth’s population will be living in water-stressed areas. That’s just another scary statistic which makes Ireland’s efforts all the more powerful. This St. Patrick’s Day, as you raise your pints, be sure to toast Ireland’s contribution to more than just your social life. Toast its commitment to making the planet’s water better for everyone.

Then order another Guinness. Sláinte!

 

 

All Kinds Of Valentines

Love. With Valentine’s Day being February’s big claim to fame, it’s a concept that’s top-of-mind for many people this month. But because many people associate the holiday primarily with romantic love, other forms of “amore” get left out in the (considerable) cold. Let’s not forget that there are all types of love…and just as many ways to show the recipients of our affections that we care.

We’re all more than familiar with the million-and-one (tired, old) ways to prove our love to our romantic Valentines. Chocolates? Check. Red roses? You know it. Lacy lingerie? Last-minute lifesavers. All well and good…for your significant other, at least. But what about the other loves of our lives?

What about the dad who drove you to practice every day when he got off work? Or the grandmother who fed you dinner every night because your mom worked late? Or the older brother who tutored you to be sure you were accepted into your first-choice college? From beloved childhood nannies to cherished teachers to the coworker who leaves a latte-your-way on your desk twice a week, too many loves go unnoticed on Valentine’s Day. Once you’ve decided to acknowledge your platonic Valentine, however, there’s the question…what to get them that says “I love you (but not in that way)?”

One way to answer that question is by considering what they might need, but would never buy themselves…these are often the most thoughtful gifts. For some that means a gas card, for others it’s a personalized coupon book offering rides to doctors’ appointments. Our suggestion? An air purifier. Now, bear with us. It’s not the sexiest, nor the most romantic of Valentine’s presents. We realize this. But it shows you care about the person as a whole…and for longer than just a day. Making sure that the very air your loved one breathes is as clean as possible says “I love you” for the whole year round, not just for a couple hours of dinner or the week it takes flowers to wither.

(Filtered) Water For Weight Loss!

It’s the theme of every magazine’s January issue and of most adults’ lists of New Year’s resolutions: atonement. Specifically, atoning for the gluttony of the holidays…and all the cookies, fruitcakes, eggnogs and champagne that go along with them. Come January 2, gyms are the most packed they’ll be all year…and while that’s a good thing, throwing yourself into a brand-new hardcore exercise regime that you likely won’t keep up isn’t the smartest way to go. Instead, make a commitment to performing small steps every day that will lead you to achieving long-lasting results. Your first step to success is such a piece of cake that you’ll be kicking yourself for not having done it all year long – Just. Drink. Water. Specifically, just drink water before you eat. That’s it…and it could help you lose up to a pound a month…without changing your eating or exercise habits at all!

How does “preloading” water before a meal contribute to weight loss…with absolutely no help from exercise or diet change? There are several ideas about why it works. The first is probably also the most obvious…it literally fills up empty space in your stomach, physically leaving less room for solid, caloric food. Another hypothesis is that hydrating your body before eating allows you to gauge how hungry you really are, as dehydration creates a type of “phantom hunger” that your brain confuses with the real thing. In any case, losing a pound a month simply by putting down two glasses of water is nothing to sneeze at!

But keep in mind that the type of water you ingest is just as important as the fact that you’re drinking it. Your goal here is to sip the purest, healthiest H2O you can find…because what’s the point of losing weight if you’re potentially contaminating your body? Water filtration is essential to remove sediments, minerals, chlorine, pathogens, pesticides and potentially life-threatening lead from the water we drink.

As we start the a new year, make a commitment to yourself. But rather than a commitment to looking better, make a commitment to feeling better. Rather than a commitment to hitting the gym hard on January 2, make a commitment to being healthier all year long. And rather than eating mindlessly and hating yourself for it after, make a commitment to drinking a couple glasses of (filtered) water before every meal. You’ll be amazed at how great your year will be…because of how great you feel throughout itwater.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brondell’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

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Air Purifier for Allergy Relief

The Many Air Purifier Benefits for Allergy Relief

For Allergy Sufferers

There are many benefits of using an air purifier for allergy relief for those who suffer through the agony of asthma and allergies millions of people know that pollen, smoke, off gassing, mold, bacteria, dust mites and pet dander can wreak havoc on your well being. By utilizing a true HEPA certified filtration system you can reduce up to 99.97% of these irritants. Brondells O2+ Air Purifiers work by using a Japanese Nidec motor to force air through 3 stages of filtration: a mesh pre-filter, activated granulated carbon and a true HEPA filter.

How Does Each Filter Help?

The mesh pre-filter helps by catching larger dust and pollen molecules to help extend the life of the remaining two filters. The activated granular carbon filters out odors and larger airborne particles. The HEPA filter, which stands for high-efficiency particulate air which traps dander, dust mites and smoke. This additional filter is what allows the O2+ to be most effective in reducing the known respiratory irritants such as Volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) such as Formaldehyde and Benzene, and gaseous pollutants. These can come from common household adhesives, paints, cleaning products and off-gassing from plastics and polyurethane materials. These materials are found in carpet and rugs as well as drapery, common items that some people don’t realize the hidden danger of the chemicals in their homes.

Choosing an Air Purifier for Your Home

After assessing your allergy needs the next consideration in choosing the best air purifier for your home is looking into room size. Many air purifiers are rated for optimum purification up to a specified square footage. For example the Brondell O2+ Air Purifier models Source, and Balance are both AHAM Verifide for a suggested room size of 243 square feet. This is the suggested size for a enclosed room. It’s also important to look at the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) numbers, this figure signifies the cubic feet per minute that the particles of a specified size (tobacco smoke, dust, pollen) are completely removed. The higher the CADR rating is for each of the given category, the better the air purifiers performance in that category. With the rating and category in mind, you should be well equipped to chose a purifier that most closely suits your needs.cropped-o2-home-banner3.jpg

How Do Reverse Osmosis Filtration Systems Work?

How Do Reverse Osmosis Filtration Systems Work?

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Reverse Osmosis for Health

RO for Health

When you think about the possible contaminants in your tap water it becomes clear that some form of water filtration is necessary for the health conscious. Bottled water hasn’t proven itself to be as pure or filtered as some would like for you to believe, and the environmental implications can leave one feeling guilty just trying to stay hydrated. Brondell has created a tank less easy install Reverse Osmosis filtration system that is significantly more efficient than conventional reverse osmosis systems.

Reverse Osmosis (RO) works by a process that utilizes pressure to force water through a semipermeable finely pored RO membrane. This process filters out contaminants, inorganic materials, and minerals. Typically many synthetic chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides are molecularly smaller than H2O molecules which requires additional filters that maximize filtration. The Brondell H2O+ Circle RO system utilizes four filtration stages including sediment, pre and post carbon filters in addition to the reverse osmosis membrane. Given its high filtration capabilities RO is a good solution for those with weakened or compromised immune systems. The best way to find and effective water filtration system for your needs can be found based upon comparison of Performance Data Sheets which lists all the contaminant that the specific system in certified to removed.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reverse osmosis filtration systems can effectively remove lead, thus making it safe for consumption. Excess levels of lead in the body can result in increased blood pressure, problems with fertility and development of nerve and muscle damage. RO systems also effectively removes sodium molecules from water which provides the added benefit of ensuring that your water is fully hydrating without the concern for those with sodium restricted diets.

Reverse Osmosis Myths

One of the main concerns with drinking reverse osmosis water is the misrepresentation of is acidity. The Water Quality Association (WQA) delved further into this topic in their study Consumption of Low TDS Water deeming the adverse health consequences negligible. Where a healthy body will maintain a homeostatic pH of 7.4 naturally even after consuming either acidic or alkaline food or beverages. The Brondell H2O+ Circle RO System produces a pH neutral filtered water in the 7-8 pH range.

Reverse Osmosis Adoption

It is interesting to note several city wide initiatives to adopt RO filtration for the communities of Madison, MN, Ottawa, IL, Beverly Hills, CA and Orange County. For those who feel unfamiliar with RO Filtration you may be surprised to know that Aquafina, Dasani, and Nestle all utilize reverse osmosis in their bottled water practices, which you can do for yourself at home with the Brondell H2O+ Circle Reverse Osmosis System.

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World Toilet Day 2014: Access to Toilets for All

World Toilet Day 2014 – Equality and Dignity

Here in the U.S., we’re lucky enough to have sanitary toilet systems in every home, but many places in other parts of the world aren’t so fortunate. In fact, nearly 2.5 billion people don’t have access to a clean and safe toilet. So to help raise awareness for this basic human right, the 13th annual World Toilet Day will be celebrated across the globe on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

How it all started

For a long time, one of the worst places for sanitary toilet systems was Singapore, where toilets were simply non-existent in most homes. Many people were left to use open fields, rivers, and lakes to do their business, causing contaminated waterways and widespread illnesses. Something needed to be done to address the repulsive state of public toilets and sanitation in Singapore, so in 1998, a world-class entrepreneur named Jack Sim created the Restroom Association of Singapore (RAS).

While RAS was successful at improving sanitation conditions in Singapore, much of the world still struggled with a lack of toilets. And since going to the bathroom is such a taboo subject in many parts of the world, many governments in Asia and Africa refused to address, let alone discuss the need for toilets. To help bring these discussions to the table in other parts of the world, Sim founded the World Toilet Organization (WTO) on November 19, 2001.

Since then, the WTO has raised the issue of sanitation by lobbying governments, shareholders, and the international community for better standards on sanitation conditions throughout the world. Every year, the WTO holds its annual World Toilet Summit, where delegates from across the globe gather to discuss the current state of sanitation and recommend new standards to improve toilet conditions.

Still not enough: the World Toilet College

To help continue shining the international spotlight on this issue, Sim created the World Toilet College (WTC) in 2005. With the support of private shareholders and government institutions alike, the WTC offers training to sanitation workers and also helps create the standards that ensure that the design and hygienic maintenance of restrooms are adequate. Comprehensive programs such as the Restroom Specialist Training Course and School Sanitation and Hygiene Education Course help give sanitation workers and community leaders the skills they need to provide clean and safe access to toilets for those in their regions.

World Toilet Day 2014

Every year, World Toilet Day has a theme, and this year’s theme is “Equality and Dignity.” Recently, many rural areas of India without toilets have left women to shamefully go out in the open. In doing so, they have not only had to sacrifice their dignity, but many have become the victims of sexual crimes while trying to relieve themselves. This year’s World Toilet Day aims to raise awareness for these heinous acts, as well as make sure that everyone has access to some type of private toilet.

Additionally, the mission behind this year’s World Toilet Day is also an effort to provide equality in access to sanitary facilities in all public places, including schools and the workplace. Many toilets are still inadequate for women, the elderly, and people with special needs, leaving these people unable to obtain jobs or attend classes.

How can you help? There are a number of ways you can do your part, such as fundraisers, participating in a race, or by simply spreading the message with your friends online.

To learn more about World Toilet Day, check out http://www.unwater.org/worldtoiletday/home/en/

For more articles and hygienic solutions for your bathroom, please visit http://brondell.com/blog/