The Vision for PhytoFilter Technologies
Since the start of the industrial revolution man has spend a great deal of time polluting the planet– its air, its water, the ground itself. Where there is polluted air, man finds it difficult to breathe, and with each breath he takes, his body accumulates more and more poison. This increases his discomfort and gives rise to insensitivity, as he tries to ignore what his body is telling him. The result — disease. At this time, nearly 9% of the populations in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut metropolitan area and around Los Angeles have asthma, with 34.1 million cases throughout the United States. According to leading health organizations, poor indoor air is one of the leading causes of disease in this country and the world.
Luckily, nature has provided man with the best of air purifiers — plants and the microbes around their root systems, which have purified the air for millions of years, but it would take far too many plants within a home to purify it. In the 1980s NASA found a way to enhance their power. It found that when particular plants were grown in artificial soil, and when polluted air was pulled directly down to the plant’s root system, via an induction fan, a plant’s air purifying capabilities were enhanced a hundredfold. The result is that only a few plants, housed within a plant air purifier, can now purify an entire building. Further it was found that when people breathe in air, purified by a plant air purifier, those suffering from allergies or asthma feel relief within minutes. (More than a hundred pages of testimonials attesting to this fact are available to the investor upon request, several of which are displayed in Exhibit 4).
Since the average individual spends 90% of his time indoors and since building materials, paints, furniture, carpeting, appliances, office equipment, cleaners and the inhabitants within the building itself all introduce gaseous toxins into the air, the poisonous air within a structure has to be either purified or replaced. To address this problem ventilation has become the remedy of choice. But ventilation is only effective when fuel is cheap and outdoor air clean, for when one pumps indoor air outside, it creates a negative pressure within the building, which sucks in an equal volume of unconditioned outdoor air, through leaks in the building’s envelope, or through the building’s mechanical ventilation system. The result is, that one form of poison is merely substituted for another, and a great deal of energy wasted, as the incoming, air has to be brought to a level humans find comfortable.
Plant air purification is a decidedly better choice than ventilation, since it breaks down toxins found in indoor air, removes odors and kills viruses, mold, bacteria and mildew. Plus it deals with heavy metal particulates, with ozone, radon; and most importantly, chemicals or VOCs, leaving only a small percentage of indoor air which needs to be vented outside, to eliminate carbon dioxide buildup.
In a 3 year study at Syracuse University, funded by the EPA, NYSERDA, and Phytofilter Technologies, Inc. it was conclusively proven that only 5% ventilation was necessary, when plant air purification was used within a structure. Yet most buildings still currently exchange 25 to 35% of the entire air volume within a building with the outdoors, every hour of every day. This causes tremendous waste and increases our carbon footprint markedly. Plus, it is a wholly unnecessary procedure.
PhytoFilter Technologies’ intention is to substitute plant air purification for ventilation, so saving building owners 10-15% on heating and cooling;; to purify indoor air naturally and improve the quality of life of those within. Disease is reduced, productivity increased, and a greater sense of well being experienced. All achieved at little or no cost to the owner, since installation will mainly be paid for with tax credits, tax deductions, grants, low interest, non-recourse loans, utility rebates and energy savings. With plant air purification, the bottom line and the value of a building’s balance sheet are increased. Owners can rent for more and the worth of a building is increased.
Plant air purification is rarely used within buildings today. PhytoFilter Technologies has patent pending protection which provides a virtual monopoly on this new form of technology. Because of its high profit margin and the fact that payment for installation will in most cases not come out of the purchaser’s pocket, we foresee a rapid entry of this technology into the marketplace.