About this project
Welcome everyone!! We have created the worlds first all-in-one organic, smart, mold and mosquito control system.
Vbreathe merges advanced engineering and our own pioneered organic gel technology. It removes 98% of airborne microbes from your indoor environment.
VActive gel is a unique blend of natural organic Australian essential oils combined to produce an amazingly effective defense against mold and bacteria.
Eliminates up to .1 micron of harmful airborne microbes by combining Hepa filteration and our proprietary Organic VActive Gel.
In the following video a live mosquito test was conducted with VActive Gel in liquid form. 40 mosquitoes were exterminated in less than 9 minutes
Why is Organic VActive Gel is better than other products?
A short history as to why we developed the VActive Gel.
Working for many years in clean room quality control, and owning an air handling systems fitted with all technically advanced methods:- Carbon filtration on fresh air, followed by electrostatic precipitator, followed by UV-C lighting, followed by two banks of HEPA Filtration, and still mould formed on the registers of the air conditioning. From there, investigation uncovered a multitude of other solutions from evacuate and fumigate, to the outright dangerous (Ozone), and use of ineffective 10% Tea Tree Oil products.
Why NOT Tea Tree Oil?
Products based on 10 % Tea Tree Oil are in the market but have a low reputation for performance. We interviewed many users of these products and received comments indicating that the musty smells would return quickly and frequently within a day. A number of Consumer Health organisations were developing concerns as early as 2001 on Tea Tree Oil use because of the many reports of sensitisation on people. Research over time by the European Union’s SCCP1 body, which prepares very thorough investigations on products and materials, shows that anything containing 2% Tea Tree Oil and above is a clear skin and respiratory sensitiser/irritant. The SCCP document also states that safe levels of Tea Tree oil for humans does not work as an antimicrobial agent. Why Organic VActive Gel is better?
7 years of research and improvements created a product which:
Has many different actives, but uses a small amount of Tea Tree for odour recognition, is made to be stable in air, meaning it is long lasting in use, has actives that evaporate at such low rates, the product is completely safe to installers and consumers alike, has FoodSafe approval, works as bacteriostat and fungi stat, making it a very safe product to use, does not create other issues like bactericides do, over the years no reports received from customers on irritation or sensitivity. 100% Organic Deters Mosquitoes 1 References from SCCP/1155/08 “SCCP found that neat TTO and formulations containing 5% TTO can exhibit skin irritancy (SCCP/1155/08, pp. 18). Moreover, neat TTO is a sensitizer in humans (pp. 25).” The TTO monograph submitted by the Norwegian delegation in 2001, indicates that only products having a conc. of 2% or more seem to cause skin reactions ((Council of Europe, 2001: pp. 24).
News Article :Tea Tree Oil Banned In The EU from Hair 180, October 2, 2013
MOLD RELEASING DANDEROUS SPORES
RESEARCH ON THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF MOLD
Mold is the general term for all types of species of mold and fungi found both indoor and outdoor.
Their colours range from pink to black with green and browns the predominate colours and some have a musty smell and a most unwelcoming odour. Mold and its invisible spores are literally everywhere on visible surfaces, behind wall cavities, in basements, attics, cupboards, wardrobes, under carpets, indoor mold grows when there is moisture. Along with mold in these indoor environments are bacteria, dust and mites. As mold spreads it releases spores and VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) and they are the cause of the bad odours and mustiness. Mold along with bacteria and dust mites have now been identified to have direct health effects in humans, including many types of allergies and infections and should raise alarms bells for those people that wish to maintain their health.
Is There A Difference Between Molds and Fungi?
Molds are fungi. Fungi reproduce by means of spores which are spread through the air but land and survive on surfaces. In the indoor environment there are a multitude of places for mold spores to grow, populate and spread. Air conditioners, window condensation, leaky plumbing, bathrooms, air filters, wet outside walls and indoor plants.1 Common indoor mold species include Aspergillus, Alternaria, Acremonium, Cladosporum, Dreschslera, Epicoccum, Penicillium, Stachybotrys, and Trichoderma.2
What Are the Health Effects with Exposure to Indoor Mold?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends 93% of their life indoors. 87% of their life is indoors, then another 6% of their life in automobiles. It is no wonder that many people complain of respiratory effects, headaches, and other physical symptoms. The secondary flow on effect is when the surfaces that the mold has been growing on start to break-down this is when dust mites, bacteria, and chemicals, gasses, and particulate matter are released from the building materials and structures on which molds are growing.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM In 2004 report,) found that being in damp indoor spaces related to common respiratory illnesses: asthma symptoms, nose and throat symptoms, coughing and wheezing. They also found some evidence that these environments can be associated with shortness of breath, the development of asthma in people who did not previously suffer from it, and coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath in healthy children. There was enough evidence of health effects overall, that IOM identified damp indoor spaces as a public health problem that needs to be addressed.3
Indoor mold could be confirmed as a cause of ill health and respiratory illnesses. Researchers noted that controlling mold in indoor air spaces would make a substantial contribution to the general public’s health. Bush and colleagues have state definitively that mold exposure is capable of causing illness in humans. They summarize three mechanisms: harmful immune responses, e.g. allergies or the uncommon occurrence of hypersensitivity pneumonitis; infections; and irritation from mold by-products.10 The author Terr acknowledges four types of allergy caused by inhaling mold spores, including asthma and a type of sinusitis.4 In another paper by Fisk and colleagues where they reviewed thirty-three studies to assess the risk of health effects of people who spent time in mold environments. Subjects were adults and children. They found that upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, wheeze, and asthma were more frequent in people who spent time in spaces with mold present.5
Mold and Children
The report by Antova which focused on studies children aged six to twelve from 10 found that mold in the household correlated with a variety of respiratory disorders, including wheezing, coughing at night, and allergic symptoms and hay fever.6 Where visible mold was in the primary living areas Karvonen showed that the first eighteen months of life, wheezing was more common in the homes and this study group involved 396 children.7 In 2011, Reponen and colleagues published a study of 176 children followed from birth through age seven. A research tool developed and being evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)8 was used to assess the children's homes in a 2011 published study by Reponen from birth to age seven. 11 This study using the EPA guidelines demonstrated that these young children who lived in homes with higher levels of mold at age one were more likely than other children to have asthma by the age of seven. It does provide evidence that reducing the amount of mold in infants' homes is beneficial to health.
Allergies and Asthma
Though numerous studies established the presence of dampness and mold with respiratory allergies and asthma and now it is possible to assess and treat individuals who have symptoms of respiratory allergies and asthma. Khalili and colleagues emphasize that determining whether respiratory symptoms are related to mold exposure involves a process of elimination. Once other possible causes of respiratory symptoms have been ruled out, patients can be assessed for the possibility of mold-induced illness.9
1-Kim, JJ, Mazur LJ, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Environmental Health. Spectrum of noninfectious health effects from mold. Pediatrics. 2006;118:2582-2586. Reaffirmed January 2011. www.pediatrics.org/cgi/doi/10.1542/peds.2010-3671.
2-Institute of Medicine. Damp Indoor Spaces and Health. 2004. Washington DC: National Academy Press.
3-Storey E, Dangman KH, Schench P, DeBernardo RL, Yang CS, Bracher A, Hodgson MJ. Guidance for clinicians on the recognition and management of health effects related to mold exposure and moisture indoors. Farmington (CT): University of Connecticut Health Center, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Center for Indoor Environments and Health; 2004.
4-Terr AI. Are indoor molds causing a new disease? J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2004;113:221-6.
5- Fisk WJ, Lei-Gomez Q, Mendell MJ. Meta-analyses of the associations of respiratory health effects with dampness and mold in homes. Indoor Air. 2007:17:284-296.
6-Luttmann-Givson H, Grize L, Katsnelson B, Moshammer H, Nikiforov B, Slachtova H, Slotova K, Zlotkowska R, Fletcher T. Exposure to indoor mould and children’s respiratory health in the PATY study. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2008;62:708-714.
7-Karvonen AM, Hyvärinen A, Roponen M, Hoffmann M, Korppi M, Remes S, von Mutius E, Nevalainen A, Pekkanen J. Confirmed moisture damage at home, respiratory symptoms and atopy in early life: a birth-cohort study. Pediatrics. 2009;124;e329.
8-U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Environmental Relative Moldiness Index (ERMI) Research Tool. Accessed April 3, 2014.
9-Khalili B, Montanaro MT, Bardana EJ. Indoor mold and your patient’s health: from suspicion to confirmation. J Resp Dis. 2005;26:520-525.
10-Bush RK, Portnoy JM, Saxon A, Terr AI, Wood RA. The medical effects of mold exposure. J Allergy Clin Imunol. 2006;117:326-33.
11-Reponen T, Vesper S, Levin L, Johansson E, Ryan P, Burkle J, Grinshpun SA, Zheng S, Bernstein DI, Lockey J, Villareal M, Hershey GKK, LeMasters G. High environmental relative moldiness index during infancy as a predictor of asthma at 7 years of age. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2011;107-120-126.
Australian Aborigines used medicinal plants and essential oils for over 40,000 years and it inspired us to develop an organic product that would help mankind.
After 7 years of trials and extensive research in combining the various essential oil blends, we finally achieved the correct composition. VActive gel is the heart of the VBreathe mold and mosquito control system and all the ingredients are 100% organic Australian essential oils. The final part was the design of the premium hardware and the sophisticated metatronic elements such as the particle sensors, wifi and bluetooth.
Our journey has combined the knowledge of the ancients and merged it with the latest technology so we can all be protected from harmful indoor airborne microbes.
Join us in taking this natural technology to the world: VBreathe.
Thank you for pledging your support and bringing VBreathe to life.
Risks and challenges
As with any break through smart hardware project, there are natural risks and challenges in engineering and manufacturing. We have done our best to minimise the risks for backers. We have completed our design for manufacturing (DFM), and have three generations of prototypes.
In addition, our Australian design company, which has over 29 years of design and manufacturing, have assured us that the final products of the VBreathe project will have premium aluminium casing, hi-tech fans and medical grade hepa filters.
A team of engineers led by our PhD metatronics expert has developed the electronics and sensor technology, along with the accompanying VBreathe app.
The final product might be slightly different from the images presented here as we make improvements and advances.
Our team is experienced in the manufacturing world, and we are confident that we can meet our timelines. However, unexpected delays can occur due to manufacturing issues, component shortages or other issues. We will do our best to be as transparent as possible and to keep you informed, and will work hard to resolve any issues that may arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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