April 2011 Newsletter

Welcome to the first issue of the Healthy Environments by Design newsletter!

Lisa and I are thrilled that we have reached a point that we can share environmentally healthful information on a regular basis. We have also launched our new website which can be found at www.healthyenvironmentsbydesign.com. In this newsletter you can find tips to make your home and work environments healing places. You will also be able to find extended versions of newsletter articles and up-to-date industry information.

We look forward to helping you create your own healthy environment by design and invite you to get started by taking our home assessment.  To celebrate this launch we are offering you a free home evaluation. Please call to book your time. This intention is good until April 30th!


Art and Lisa Levine

“Dust in the House” – Yes, We Have Dust in the House

Why talk about dust in our first monthly newsletter. Well, let’s start with the foundation for our business and go from there.

Healthy Environments by Design starts with the premise that human health is closely connected to nature, the places in which we live and work, and the foods we eat. Our goal is to transform homes and workplaces into safe, healthy environments.

So what does dust have to do with healthy environments? Let’s focus on our living space—-we live in our homes/apartments most during winter time.

So what is dust and how does it affect our environment?

Dust is made of things that have been reduced to very small particles through decay, or a fracture process such as grinding, crushing or impact.The more finely reduced particles may become airborne from the original state without any chemical or physical change.

The composition of dust varies from house to house, but in general, you might find textile fibers, decomposing insect parts, pet dander, human and animal hair, food leftovers, pollen grains, mold spores, bacteria, skin flakes, insulation, sand, and the most likely offender, the dust mite and its fecal material.
Dust blows through the doorways into the house. It tracks in from outside on shoes; sneakers; socks; and, even bare feet. It can be created indoors through the breakdown of food, fibers, dry skin, textile particles, mold spores, etc. The combinations are almost infinite. You get the picture.

Click here to read the full article about the impact of dust and dust mites in your home.

Seasonal Tips

In the Spring Months:

  1. Open windows in bedrooms 5 to 10 minutes after getting up in the morning and 5 to 10 minutes before going to bed at night. This will change the air and help with environmental pollutants in the room. It will also help with dust and dust mites.
  2. After showering run an oscillation fan for one hour in the shower, facing on an angle up the wall to dry the bathroom and inhibit the growth of mold spores.
  3. If you have a garage attached to your house, do not warm your car in the garage. Toxic fumes will enter the house. If you need to warm up the car, start it outside.
  4. Have your family and friends leave their shoes at the doors. This will help to minimize dirt and dust in your home.


Let us help you to create a healthy environment in your home or workspace.

Contact us at: 617-489-3018 or email art@healthyenvironmentsbydesign.com.

Arthur and Lisa Levine
Healthy Environments by Design

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