- Robert (Bob) L. Davis, President, ecoSOLV Technologies, LLC
- Tim Riviere, President, Apeiron, Inc.
- David N. Brady, Technical Specialist, Apeiron Stone Care
- Cynthia Brevil, President/CEO, Karmalades
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The EmeraldPlanet weekly television programs are broadcast and distributed via Channel 10 TV in Fairfax, Virginia USA. The programs are being simulcast to 2095 stations around the United States and then overseas by the Internet and C-SPAN television. The EmeraldPlanet programs are currently available in all countries and 214 territories around the world. The Emerald Trek and companion The Emerald Mini-Treks are identifying the 1,000 “best practices” on location from the 143 nations, 750 cities, and 50,000 communities by Internet TV, local television stations, main stream media outlets, YouTube, Facebook, The EmeraldPlanet Meetup, Twitter, among other social media networks, and all manner of print media.
The EmeraldPlanet TV is broadcasting weekly a number of the “best practices which are identified through collaboration with: major non-governmental organizations (NGOs); United Nations, universities and colleges; research institutes; government ministries and agencies; Embassies; banking and micro-lending organizations; Chambers of Commerce; World Trade Centers, international bodies such as The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), citizens groups; multimedia organizations; among others by utilizing the most advanced broadcasting hardware and software along with an outstanding television Production Crew to reach an ever expanding global audience. The Emerald Trek is focused upon linking principals identified among the 1,000 ‘best practices’ in the 144 nations being visited through this world-wide movement. The Emerald Trek is encompassing over 300,000 miles, visiting 750 major cities, and 50,000 suburban and rural communities in the identified nations.
- Segment 1: Robert (Bob) L. Davis, President, ecoSOLV Technologies, LLC
- Segment 2: Tim Riviere, President, Apeiron, Inc. and David N. Brady, Technical Specialist, Apeiron Stone Care
- Segment 3: Cynthia Brevil, President/CEO, Karmalades
- Segment 4: Robert (Bob) L. Davis, Tim Riviere, David N. Brady, and Cynthia Brevil
ecoSolv technologies manufactures and distributes a line of advanced bio-based technologies for two main markets, agriculture and surface care. These highly efficient and affordable technologies are hypoallergenic, non-toxic, non-fuming, readily biodegradable, help conserve water, and are safe for plants, humans, and the environment. Many nano technologies require substantial artificial heat during the formulation process. This is not true of ecoSolv formultions, since heat is created naturally when blending. In fact, the carbon footprint at our blending facility is .016, less than a typical household.
ecoSolv manufactures two main products, ecoAgra for plant health, and ecoClean, a general purpose cleaner that has one formula for all cleaning applications. The only thing that changes is the dilution of water. The company has “sustainability” as one of its core values contributing to advancing ‘green’ products availability for home and commercial uses. Its formulations are 100% comprised of American plant extracts which not only provide sustainable commodities, but are creating cash crops for American farmers. ecoAgra is especially sustainable, since it helps increase the yield and BRIX level of plants, such as corn and soy, thus increasing the quality and availability of the two main ingredients used in its formulation, providing a truly cyclical sustainability environment.
The basis for ecoClean cleaning chemistries are colloidal solutions comprised of plant-based non-ionic surfactants that create unique hydrocarbon release agents that can tolerate tremendous soil loads. Our formula’s surfactants consist of long-chain molecules. One end likes water, and is called hydrophilic, the other end likes oil and dislikes water, and is called hydrophobic. When these surfactants are placed in water, the hydrophobic ends attract each other, and repel water, and arrange themselves into a spherical structure with the hydrophobic ends inside the sphere at its nucleus, and the hydrophilic ends on the outer surface of the sphere. This sphere is called a micelle.
The hydrophobic ends begin to orient themselves on the surface of the soil, lifting it from the cleaning surface to become part of a micelle, thus cleaning the surface. When combined with water, micelles break water’s surface tension resulting in super wet water. That same action allows the micelles to penetrate organic soils and to hold them in liquid suspension. In effect, the micelle cleaning action is unique and can only be related to the effect of an atomic explosion where random interaction of the particles loosens the soil. Micelles enable us to clean soils without damaging the cleaning surface.
In the world today, the green movement with its emphasis on sustainability is creating a shift in the way floor care is viewed. Natural stone is designed to breathe. If a piece of marble is covered and sealed with floor finish, over time the stone will begin to degrade, i.e., it weakens structurally especially along the veins in the stone. Soon degraded pieces must be replaced. In Europe and Asia it is uncommon to see stone covered with floor finish. The natural beauty of the stone is desired rather than the shiny, plastic-like look achieved through laying floor finish.
There are many reasons to approach stone naturally when one considers the impact of both labor and product usage. For example, polishing terrazzo rather than utilizing floor finish eliminates the need for endless coatings. Stripper, floor finish, sealer, spray buff, restorer, burnishing pads, baseboard strippers, et. al. are altogether eliminated from the floor care procedures.
The labor to maintain a terrazzo floor is likewise reduced dramatically. No longer will employees need to strip floors or do scrub and re-coats. Nor is there a need to burnish floors or to give attention to removing black marks since a polished stone cannot be scuffed. The danger of employee slip and falls is reduced significantly since no longer are employees standing in emulsified finish. (Every floor person worth his salt has many a good story about the time so and so slipped and fell in the finish. Unfortunately many are also transported to the emergency room).
Polishing stone floors also means not pouring emulsified finish with zinc down the drains and into the sewage systems. Traditionally, the heavy metal zinc has been used as the cross linking material to hold the floor finish together. Greener finishes today do not contain zinc, but manufacturers have yet to manufacture one that performs as well as those made with zinc. Indoor air quality is also improved by polishing rather than finishing floors since no VOC’s are released into the air. So there is less danger for asthma and other allergic reactions. Polishing also eliminates the need for burnishing which emits tiny bits of floor finish into the air (thus the need for dust control as an option on the burnisher).
The increase in particles in the air requires additional wiping of horizontal surfaces, increased vacuuming, cleaning air filtration systems, and so forth. Over time, the build up of chemicals in a facility can lead to what is called “sick building syndrome”. To have a positive impact the environment one way is to eliminate floor finishes on stone surfaces. The raw materials that that make up floor finish are derivatives of petroleum. Polymers, acrylics, co-polymers, solvents, formaldehyde, et. al are all components of floor finish. Nothing on the floor that must be disposed of is always preferable to something that must be disposed.
Karmalades formulates its products with all natural ingredients that people can actually understand without the use of a dictionary. It is the operating philosophy of the company for customers to pick up the product and instantly identify the ingredients. Using many “old school ingredients” that one’s Grandmother would have used in earlier generations to clean her house such as baking soda, vinegar, fruit peels, among hundreds of others natural ingredients. These time-proven ingridents are formulated into fun, natural, effective, and even a little luxurious, household cleaning products. The all-natural mixtures are effective while surely creating a comfortable feeling each time used.
Karmalades unique green and eco-friendly products formulations for the home cleaning market has another eco-friendly benefit. The products are packaged in glass rather than petroleum based plastic. These glass packaged products reduce landfill wastes by encouraging customers to return the empty bottles. A special discount is granted for each empty container returned. Environmentally conscious retail outlets benefit from this same discount. Each store receives a special discount on future orders for every empty Karmalades bottle or jar collected from their customers. This is an even higher level of eco-friendly mentality by encouraging the concept of re-use as practiced by earlier generations versus just recycling.
The creator of Karmalades products Cynthia Brevil, President/CEO believes that every action spurs a reaction. She lives by the practices of “everything done affects our precious planet.” For that reason her company makes sure to use the most pure and natural ingredients possible to keep one’s home and office immaculate. Karmalades products as sold in area stores, on-line, and in numerous “farmers markets” around the Washington, D.C. region are reported to be effective, smell amazing, visually beautiful, while being all natural, sulfate free, and never tested on animals.
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