What is Diatomaceous Earth?
Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled protist (chrysophytes)
Diatomaceous earth piled up at the bottom of the lake and the ocean floor becomes a mountain due to the crustal deformation, and dig out diatomaceous earth there.
A clump of diatom earth extracted
When viewing this mass with a microscope (about 5500 times), there are millions of tiny holes, like the image below, and inside each of these hole are even more holes, if magnified even further.
This "porous nature" is the source of various features in K-paint.
Since 1955, the United States government has recognized the need for legislation to clean up air pollution. Subsequent revisions to the initial legislation strengthened the laws regarding allowable amounts of car emissions, factory smog, and other sources of air pollution.
The most recent version, The Clean Air Act of 1990, tackled five areas: air-quality standards, motor vehicle emissions and alternative fuels, toxic air pollutants, acid rain, and stratospheric ozone depletion.
But now, in 2018, it isn’t just legislation and governments fighting air pollution. Private inventors, corporations, and other organizations are harnessing the technology that can aid in cleaning our air all over the world, along with recognizing that some advances in technology are creating more air pollution.
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This year, forget the chocolates and jewelry. Give the gift that keeps on giving. Odor, Anti-mold, CO2, VOC, Humidity control all in one. Kamakura Shikkui diatomaceous earth made plasters, paints and wallpapers.
White Day vs Valentine's Day
Japanese Valentine’s Day is nothing like others.
In Japan Valentine’s Day is celebrated in a very unique style. It is the women who present gifts to men.
There is a strong tradition of women giving chocolates to men on Valentines Day. There are two types of chocolates, “Giri-choco” (obligation chocolate), and “Honmei-choco”. Giri-choco is meant to be for friends, colleagues, bosses, and close male friends. “Giri” means obligation hence this Giri-choco has no romance involved. On the other hand, Honmei-choco is given to a boyfriend, lover, or husband with true love. Japanese women often prepare the Honmei-choco by themselves as many of them think it is not true love if they just buy the ready made chocolate at shops. You will start seeing large displays of chocolate, often heart-shaped in department stores and grocery stores from mid-January. Days before the Valentine’s Day, stores get packed with a large variety of chocolates, the cooking tools, and women!
What is more unique in Japan is that there exists a “White Day” which takes place on March 14th, exactly one month after Valentine’s Day. On White Day men are supposed to give return gifts to women who gifted them chocolates on Valentine’s Day. More often the color of the chocolate is white because of the name of the day. Flowers, candies and other gifts are also popular along with the chocolates. Again, department stores have many advanced reminders with gift displays so men will have no excuse to forget about this special day which is important for women.
“I love this floor” said Cheryl Perez, after super contractor Robert Insel of Inven Construction installed yesterday. After the recent floods and devastation caused by hurricane Harvey more and more people are making a smart choice to go with 100 percent waterproof flooring
Green Paradise...It just feels right.
BY DOUGLAS MAIN
Your office is killing you. And so is your home, but breathe easy—an indoor pollution revolution is in the air.
An invisible killer had infiltrated Sto-Rox High School.
When workers installed a cell tower on top of the school outside Pittsburgh, no one realized the exhaust spewed by its diesel generator was being sucked into the building’s ventilation system and inhaled by everyone inside. This is stuff you really do not want in your teen’s homeroom: Diesel fumes contain particulate matter and chemicals like benzene and arsenic, which in the long term increase the risk of lung cancer and in the short term cause breathing problems and dull the mind. But lucky for the Sto-Rox students, they had Joe Krajcovic—and a Speck.
Krajcovic had installed this new device in his science classroom as a school project. The Speck measures airborne particulate pollution, which increases the risk for and exacerbates symptoms of respiratory problems like asthma. Krajcovic’s class was analyzing the data gathered by the sensor to learn about indoor air quality when they noticed spikes in particle levels every few hours. Those coincided with the generator’s daily schedule: Whenever it kicked on to power the tower’s battery, particulate pollution increased, says Speck developer Illah Nourbakhsh, a robotics researcher at nearby Carnegie Mellon University. After parsing this unnerving data, Krajcovic filed a grievance, and the tower was moved.
SAKAN is highly profound work; it needs accumulated experience, skillfulness, and fortitude. Quality, speed, aesthetics, and personal character of artisans deeply affect the finished coating. Almost all SAKAN artisans on the one hand evaluate the tradition, and use try and error in order to develop it on the other. They do not only understand each of their materials and tools, but also do their job meditating about their work as a whole.
The ART of SAKAN is indispensable for Japanese traditional architecture.
The Origin of SAKAN
The origin of SAKAN can be traced back to the Jomon era (14,000BC-300BC) when people lived in pits. At that time, clay was the most easily acquired material. Jomon people rolled it into round objects, and made dirt walls by piling them up. This was the very beginning of SAKAN construction.
In Asuka era (592-710), SAKAN construction was highly developed, because a lot of skills were practiced such as whitewashing and making walls made of thinly divided wood.
In the Aduchi-Momoyama era (1573-1603), colored clay became used for tearooms. It had been made possible not only to control the color of clay, but also to express its color in various ways by mixing it with sand and fiber.
In the Tokugawa [Edo] period (1603-1868), shikkui coatings were invented, which meant covering a whole wall with shikkui. Shikkui is often expressed as “breathable walls”. This saying means that shikkui is good at adjusting humidity and deodorizing rooms. Also the shikkui coating was far more resistant to fire, and made Japanese buildings highly aesthetic.
The shikkui coating, afterward, diffused into a storehouse of merchants and a tradesman’s house. Even shikkui sculpture had been done.
In this period, the SAKAN skill was highly developed as an art form. After the Meiji Restoration (1868), SAKAN coatings were used for new Western-style buildings.
Even now, SAKAN skill plays an indispensable role when building the architecture in Japan, by using newly invented materials and method of construction.
If you ask the locals, June is the last month that anyone will recommend visiting Japan. June is the heart of rainy season Japan-wide with the sole exception of Hokkaido.Rainy season is caused by the collision of northern and southern air systems. It produces about six weeks of grey, rainy weather. The exact dates of rainy season vary by year and location. Each year, the Japan Meteorological Agency forecasts these dates for every region of Japan. These dates are centered around June for every region that has a rainy season.The good news is that rainy season isn't nearly so bad as it sounds. The sun does make appearances in June. In Tokyo, 29% of days are sunny in June. Urban life doesn't change much except that everyone carries umbrellas. Tokyo's nightlife doesn't lose any momentum.The other positive aspect of visiting Japan in June is that it's a low season for travel and prices are amongst the lowest of the year. Japanese school children are still in school and attractions aren't nearly as busy as at the height of summer.June has less events than any other month in Japan.
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Minato Mirai Showroom
Although we are still only 90% done, I wanted to give you an early view of the 1st of 100 showrooms that will be directly operated by One Will Staff. Our theme is to bring custom designed wood furniture, Our stylish and resilient flooring, our patented flagship coatings that absorb and protect against humidity, odor and VOC, finally our decorative Wood Brick and Wood Panels into a harmonious mix of style and function.
This is all about having fun. If it looks interesting and it relates to health and Purified Living then I will be adding it.