Thursday, February 24, 2011

Carpet Retailers: Beware of Wholesale Claims

Werner Braun: Carpet Retailers: Beware of Wholesale Claims

Dalton Carpet Retailers Told to Stay Away from Wholesale Claims

In his column titled "Carpet retailers have until Jan. 31 to comply with act" that appeared in the December 17, 2010 edition of Dalton’s Daily-Citizen, Carpet and Rug Institute President Werner Braun talks about a recent controversy that erupted in the Dalton area when several local carpet outlets were fined by the Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection for using the term “wholesale” in a way that violates Georgia law 10-1-424, which was enacted in 1963 and describes how the term may be used and by whom.

From the article:

“I would be willing to bet that we all see this word at least once a day while driving through town on a store window, a billboard or during a local commercial on the evening news. Still, you have probably seen in news reports that some Georgia businesses have been accused of breaking this law, including some local carpet retailers. At the request of the Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection (GOCP), CRI has taken on the responsibility of delivering the message from the GOCP to the affected businesses in Dalton and the surrounding areas.

“Specifically, the relevant Code section OCGA (Official Code of Georgia Annotated) 10-1-424 provides that it is unlawful:

(1) For any person, firm, association or corporation to misrepresent the true nature of its business by use of the words “manufacturer,” “wholesaler,” “retailer” or words of similar import; or

(2) For any person, firm, association or corporation to represent itself as selling at wholesale or use the word “wholesale” in any form of sale or advertising, unless such person, firm, association or corporation is actually selling at wholesale those items advertised for the purpose of resale. For the purpose of this Code section the term “wholesale” means sale made for the purpose of resale and not one made to the consuming purchaser.

‘The Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection has received numerous complaints against a wide variety of businesses that are violating this statute, including complaints against carpet and flooring businesses. These violations appear in many forms and forums, including print and electronic media, the Internet, direct mail fliers, billboards and showroom displays.

“This agency will continue to pursue these cases to protect consumers from deceptive practices and support businesses that are in compliance with the law.’”

Editor’s note: this issue is set to be addressed during the 2011 session of the Georgia General Assembly and further updates will be published in the CRI blog.

Thanks, Werner!

~ Bethany

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Dalton, GA: More Than Just a Carpet Town

Werner Braun - Dalton, GA: More Than Just a Carpet Town

Make Your Voice Count! Dalton, GA: More Than Just a Carpet Town by Werner Braun

In his column that appeared in the October 22, 2010 edition of Dalton’s Daily-Citizen, Carpet and Rug Institute President Werner Braun talks about how the University System of Georgia’s Archway Partnership is developing an incredible vision for the future of the Dalton community.

The article, titled "Make Your Voice Count", says the Archway Partnership’s vision statement positions Dalton and Whitfield County as “the economic engine of North Georgia, internationally recognized for its innovative business environment, its dedication to high-quality educational opportunities, and its stewardship of the abundant natural resources with which it has been entrusted.

Werner says in the article:

“Let’s build an educationally enhanced town so when it’s time for our kids to go off to college, they can proudly say, “I’m going to Dalton State College.” Let’s build a town that allows entrepreneurs to blossom. You always wanted to open your own shop in downtown Dalton? Let’s make your dreams come true.

“We can build a stronger Dalton for residents and visitors alike, and there is nothing stopping [us] from turning our dreams into reality.

“We’ve come a long way, and now the future is up to us as a community…to help build a Dalton for tomorrow.”

Thanks, Werner!

What's your vision for Whitfield County? How do you see Dalton, GA becoming more than just a carpet town?

~ Bethany

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Carpet Industry Impact on Georgia Economy: 11th Annual Georgia Legislative Reception

Carpet Industry Impact on Georgia Economy: 11th Annual Georgia Legislative Reception

Peach State Powerhouse - Legislators Detailed on Carpet Industry’s Impact on the Georgia Economy during 11th Annual Georgia Legislative Reception

My colleague, CRI Government Relations Director Jennifer Mendez, spends her days presenting the carpet industry’s perspective on a number of issues to state and federal lawmakers, political appointees, and government staff people. In practical terms, that means she is often forced to present information in a very limited period of time. On any given issue, Jennifer has what she calls “her elevator speech,” – pertinent talking points that she can cover in 30 seconds or less – the time it takes to complete most trips in an elevator.

Representatives of the carpet industry and the North Georgia business community recently presented their own version of an elevator speech to state legislators, when The Carpet and Rug Institute and Dalton Whitfield Chamber of Commerce hosted the 11th annual Dalton/Whitfield Legislative Appreciation Reception on Monday, February 7, 2011 at the historic Georgia Railroad Freight Room in downtown Atlanta.

The event, which is traditionally held on the first day of the Georgia legislative session, was delayed this year because of the ice storm that brought Atlanta to a standstill in early January. Still, a total of 293 people attended, including Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Mrs. Deal, Speaker of the House David Ralston, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, 90 state representatives and 31 senators, as well as various house and senate staff and state and local dignitaries.

11th Annual Georgia Legislative Reception: Frank Hurd & Governor Deal
Frank Hurd & Governor Deal
Upon arriving, each attendee was presented with a card listing some important facts about the carpet industry in Georgia. Titled “It’s All in the Numbers”, the card displayed the following “facts at a glance”:

• The carpet and flooring industry employs more than 30,000 workers in Georgia with a payroll topping $4 billion - the largest of any manufacturing sector in the state.

• The world's 4 largest carpet manufacturers are located in Georgia. There are 9 of the top 2O carpet manufacturers in the U.S. Iocated in Georgia. Of the top 50 manufacturers of ALL U.S. FLOOR COVERING, there are 14 carpet manufacturers located in Georgia.

• More than 80 percent of the U.S. carpet and rug market is produced by mills Iocated within a 65-mile radius of Dalton which equals to an estimated 58 billon in business activity.

11th Annual Georgia Legislative Reception: Werner Braun & Senator Bethel
Werner Braun & Senator Charlie Bethel
• Georgia supplies more than 45% of the world's carpet and rugs

That’s a pretty impressive elevator speech, and a testimony to the industry’s value to this state and others. By the way, the information was compiled by Linda Harrington, CRI statistician, using information from Carpet and Rug Institute members and non-members, along with information from the U.S. Commerce Department.

CRI President Werner Braun took the opportunity during the reception to voice his support for House Bill 86 that would exempt manufacturers from sales tax on the energy they use in their manufacturing processes. HB 86 is sponsored by several North Georgia legislators.

~Bethany

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New CARE Webpage Devoted to California AB2398 Carpet Recycling Law

New CARE Webpage Devoted to California AB2398 Carpet Recycling Law

CARE Launches Web Page Devoted to California Carpet Recycling Law

Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE)compiles information, links, and resources related to AB 2398 implementation, compliance
A new web page titled AB 2398 - California Carpet Stewardship Bill has been added to CARE’s website that will help “connect the dots” for anyone and everyone who needs to know something, or needs to know more, about California’s AB 2398 Carpet Stewardship Law.
Signed into law on September 30, 2010, the purpose of California’s AB 2398 Carpet Stewardship law is to increase the diversion and recycling of carpet in the state of California.

The law generates funding to meet the goals of AB 2398 through an initial assessment of 5 cents per square yard of carpet sold in California. Unlike other types of stewardship legislation that fund the entire cost of end-of-life management, AB 2398 is designed to find market-driven ways to incentivize the growth of carpet reclamation and recycling.

Under the law, CARE has been designated as the Carpet Stewardship Organization. Carpet manufacturers may participate in the stewardship plan being developed by CARE or a manufacturer may submit its own plan. Stewardship plans will include consumer education efforts, the assessment of fees, and progress measurement and reporting.

Stewardship plans must be submitted to the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) by September 30, 2011. All plans must be approved by March 31, 2012 to be in compliance.
The new AB 2398 web page links readers to the entire text of the AB 2398 legislation, as well as to FAQs for retailers and dealers, and CARE’s webinar video and PowerPoint on AB 2398.  There’s also a link to the CalRecycle website.

“We gathered information to create a ‘one-stop shopping’ experience for people looking for information about AB 2398,” said CARE Executive Director Georgina Sikorski. “The law requires CARE to educate everyone in the value chain – carpet manufacturers, importers, distributors, commercial dealers, retailers, consumers, and carpet recyclers – and the AB 2398 web page is an important step towards accomplishing that goal. It has valuable information for the person who is new to AB 2398, as well as for those who are looking for more detailed information or tools to help them explain it to others.”

Thank you, Georgina.

~Bethany

Thursday, February 10, 2011

AB 2398 For Carpet Retailers and Dealers: CARE's Sikorski Explains

AB 2398 For Carpet Retailers and Dealers: CARE's Sikorski Explains

What Carpet Retailers and Dealers Need to Know about California’s AB 2398 Carpet Recycling Program: Carpet America Recovery Effort’s Georgina Sikorski Provides Details

As many of you know, in February of 2010, California Assembly Member John Perez (now Speaker of the Assembly) introduced legislation to increase the landfill diversion and recycling of post-consumer carpet generated in California. The original legislation was not acceptable to the carpet industry. Legislators, legislative staff, entrepreneurs, representatives from non-governmental organizations and the carpet industry all worked together to improve the legislation. In all, the bill was amended six times and the final version was signed into law by the Governor of California on September 30, 2010.

AB 2398 is an important piece of legislation that will likely raise carpet recycling in California to an entirely new level. I have put together this list that covers the high points of what carpet retailers and dealers need to know about the new law.

My thanks to all of those who helped put this overview of California AB 2398 together.

~ Georgina


California AB 2398 Overview


What is AB 2398?
California AB 2398 is Carpet Stewardship legislation, signed by the governor of California, on September 30, 2010. The purpose of the legislation is to increase the diversion and recycling of carpet in the state of California.

What are the specific goals of the Carpet Stewardship program?
The goals of the program are to incentivize:
  1. recycling postconsumer carpet,
  2. diverting postconsumer carpets from landfills,
  3. recyclability of carpets, and
  4. market growth of secondary products made from postconsumer carpet.

AB 2398 Carpet Dealer and Retailer Information


The AB 2398 bill requires a manufacturer of carpet to add a Carpet Stewardship Assessment of $0.05 per square yard upon the purchase price of all carpet sold and/or distributed in the state by that manufacturer– how will this be collected and disbursed?
The $0.05 per square yard will be collected as a non-taxed item on the invoice throughout the sales and distribution chain.

Will the Carpet Stewardship Assessment of $0.05/square yard cover ALL of the costs to recycle carpet in the State of California?
No, the Carpet Stewardship Assessment will NOT cover the costs of carpet recycling. The Carpet Stewardship Assessment is an incentive to be used by the members of the carpet recycling industry. The incentive may be used by the recyclers to invest in new, innovative technologies, new product development or market introductions that will further the achievement of the goals set out in AB 2398.

Who will pay for carpet recycling in California?
Carpet recycling is a business that has been in California for more than ten years and has been managed in a market-based fashion. As with any market based activity, the retailer must pass on the costs to consumers.

How will the carpet dealer or retailer invoice the customer?
The carpet dealer or retailer must include the Carpet Stewardship Assessment as an after-tax line item on the invoice. A flyer explaining the Carpet Stewardship fee will be available for retailers to give to their customers.

To whom does the carpet retailer send the Carpet Stewardship Assessment fees?
The carpet manufacturer will include the fee when it invoices the retailer.

Who will educate the consumer about this program?
The carpet manufacturers and CARE will provide information to the dealers and retailers to help educate the consumers about the Carpet Stewardship Assessment. In addition, consumer information will be available on the websites of the carpet manufacturers, CARE and CalRecycle. These educational materials will be available prior to the beginning of the assessment.

What happens if a business (i.e., carpet manufacturer, distributor, wholesaler, dealer, retailer etc) does not comply with AB 2398?
A civil penalty up to the following amounts may be administratively imposed by the department (the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)) on any person who is in violation of any provision of AB 2398:

(1) One thousand dollars ($1,000) per day.
(2) Ten thousand dollars ($10,000) per day if the violation is intentional, knowing, or negligent.

The department or the court will assess or review the amount of a civil penalty imposed.

How do wholesalers, retailers and other interested parties ensure that carpet manufacturers are in compliance with AB 2398?
CalRecycle shall post a notice on its website, www.calrecycle.ca.gov, listing manufacturers that are in compliance with AB 2398. The wholesaler and retailer that distributes or sells carpet shall monitor the list on the CalRecycle website.

What do I do if my carpet manufacturer is not listed on the CalRecycle website?
Please contact CalRecycle or CARE if you do not see your carpet manufacturer on the list.

Other Important AB 2398 Information


How many jobs will be added because of the AB 2398 legislation?
We cannot predict how many jobs will be added, however, we expect growth in carpet recycling as a result of the legislation. And, as part of the program, CARE will be providing an Annual Report to the state that will include the number of jobs in California involved in recycling.

When will the Carpet Stewardship Assessment begin?
July 1, 2011

Where can I get a copy of AB 2398?
A copy of AB 2398 is available at this link: http://info.sen.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/asm/ab_2351-2400/ab_2398_bill_20100930_chaptered.pdf.

Where can I get more information or answers to other questions I may have about AB 2398 and the Carpet Stewardship Assessment?
Please contact your carpet manufacturer or distributor, or you may find additional information on CARE’s website or on CalRecycle's website.

How do I find a carpet recycler in California?
Please go to http://www.carpetrecovery.org/ and click on the US map on the homepage. From there, you can go to the map of California and find detailed information on carpet recyclers for the state.


Note:
Click on this link for a pdf document of these questions and answers on AB 2398 for Carpet Retailers and Dealers from the CARE website.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

California’s Proposed Reductions in Caprolactam, Formaldehyde Emissions

Frank Hurd: California’s Proposed Reductions in Caprolactam, Formaldehyde Emissions Explained

Environmental Laws That Affect Flooring – California’s Proposed Reductions in Caprolactam and Formaldehyde Emissions Explained

~ Carpet and Rug Institute’s Frank Hurd Explains the significance to manufacturers, retailers
In the second part of his presentation at the Surfaces 2011 Floor Covering Event and Trade Show held Jan 25-27 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Frank Hurd, Carpet and Rug Institute vice-president and Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) board chair, spoke on reductions in emissions in caprolactam and formaldehyde currently proposed in California.

Mr Hurd’s comments came during an education session, entitled, Environmental Laws That Impact Your Business, where he appeared as part of a panel discussion that included representatives from the hardwood and resilient flooring industries. (See Environmental Laws Affecting Flooring: Carpet & AB 2398 at Surfaces 2011 on part one of his presentation detailing California’s recently-passed AB 2398 Carpet Stewardship Program.)

According to Mr. Hurd, California’s Office of Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is currently recommending reducing the emission levels for caprolactam to “unattainable levels”. In addition, OEHHA has reduced the acceptable emission level for formaldehyde to a level that will difficult to attain.

Caprolactam is used in the production of Nylon 6, the fiber that accounts for approximately 30% of U.S. carpets. Formaldehyde has not been used in the production of carpet for approximately 40 years, but it is a substance that occurs in nature and is found at background levels when carpet is tested, albeit at lower levels than many other building materials and flooring types.

California’s Proposed Reductions in Caprolactam, Formaldehyde Emissions Explained
OEHHA’s recommendations are significant to the carpet industry in that they establish the Chronic Reference Exposure Level, or CREL, for many Volatile Organic Compounds, including caprolactam and formaldehyde. A CREL is a number that represents the amount of exposure a normal person could expect to come in contact with every day throughout their lifespan without experiencing any adverse health effects. Once OEHHA sets a CREL for a certain VOC, California’s Department of Public Health uses one-half of that number to set emission limits in its 01350 Indoor Air Quality Standard Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions from Indoor Sources Using Environmental Chambers, Version 1.1 (2010). In turn, the 01350 standard, as it is commonly known, is what the CRI uses as the basis for establishing the emission levels in its Green Label Plus (GLP) IAQ Standard.

California is currently proposing cutting the allowable emissions from caprolactam from 100 micrograms emitted per cubic meter of air down to 2µg/m³. While the state of California measures emissions after 14 days, the carpet industry’s GLP standard measures emissions after only 24 hours – a far more difficult goal to achieve.

Ironically, Mr. Hurd points out that, after reviewing the same data accessed by California, the European Indoor Air Quality Standard raised its CREL for Caprolactam from 50 to 240µg/m³. Mr. Hurd said, “this vastly different view of the science by OEHHA is very troubling and CRI is doing all it can to convince OEHHA they have the wrong numbers.”

As for formaldehyde, OEHHA has already set its CREL at an extremely low level of 9µg/m³ from a previous level of 37µg/m3. This is further complicated by the fact that, as mentioned earlier, CA 01350, the standard for measuring VOC emissions, set its limits at one-half the established CREL, which in this case would be 4.5µg/m³. This level, while problematic for carpet, will have far-ranging effects on multiple building product categories. For this reason, the CA Dept. of Public Health, which is responsible for CA 01350, is only gradually implementing the change, thus providing manufacturers time to adjust to the lower levels.

Mr. Hurd assured retailers in the audience that carpets that carry the Green Label Plus logo would, now and in the future, meet or exceed regulations for Indoor Air Quality.

Here is the 4.3 minute video clip of Frank explaining California's proposed reductions in Caprolactam and Formaldehyde emissions. [To access the clip directly from YouTube, click on FH Enviro Laws Affecting Flooring (Caprolactum).]


Thank you, Frank.

~Bethany

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Environmental Laws Affecting Flooring: Carpet & AB 2398 at Surfaces 2011

CARE's Frank Hurd, Environmental Laws Affecting Flooring: Carpet & AB 2398 at Surfaces 2011

Environmental Laws That Affect Flooring - Carpet and California’s AB 2398 Product Stewardship Program

~ Carpet America Recovery Effort’s Frank Hurd Explains what manufacturers, retailers need to know to comply
At the Surfaces 2011 Floor Covering Event and Trade Show held Jan 25-27 in Las Vegas, Nevada,  Frank Hurd, Carpet and Rug Institute vice-president and Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) board chair, spoke at an education session, entitled, Environmental Laws That Impact Your Business.

Mr. Hurd appeared as part of a panel discussion that included representatives from the hardwood and resilient flooring industries. He spoke on a number of carpet-related topics, including California’s recently-passed AB 2398 Carpet Stewardship Program. Under AB 2398, manufacturers and importers who ship carpet for sale in California must institute a 5-cents/sq. yd. surcharge beginning July 1, 2011. The money will be used to incentivize the recycling of post-consumer carpet (PCC) and the development of products that contain material derived from PCC.

Here are the main points of Mr. Hurd’s presentation:

1. California’s AB 2398 Carpet Stewardship Program is a reality.

2. The 5-cent per square yard fee must be visible on invoices all through the supply chain, from manufacturer to distributor, retailer, etc.

3. CARE is the stewardship organization for the carpet industry. Manufacturers may submit their own stewardship plan to CalRecycle, the state office that will oversee the operations of AB 2398, or they may participate in the stewardship plan CARE is developing for multiple manufacturers and importers.

4. Additional states are following California’s lead on product stewardship legislation for carpet. Washington and Illinois, for example, have submitted bills or indicated they are contemplating similar legislation.

Environmental Laws Affecting Flooring: Carpet & AB 2398 at Surfaces 2011
5. AB 2398 is the first time a state has moved to regulate the disposal of a non-hazardous material, i.e., carpet versus electronic equipment, mercury switches, etc.

6. It is estimated that AB 2398 will generate $5 million per year.

7. AB 2398 requires specific language be visible on all sales invoices. CARE is in the process of developing the verbiage, as well as education materials to help disseminate information as necessary.

8. Retailers will pay the money generated through the implementation of AB 2398 through the same channels as before – to their suppliers. Retailers will not make additional payments to any new source. “Retailers will not have to make a separate payment to the state, because AB 2398 Carpet Stewardship Program will not be run by the state, it will be run by the carpet industry,” Mr. Hurd said.

9. Compliant and non-compliant manufacturers will be listed on CalRecycle’s website. Under the law, CalRecycle may impose significant fines on manufacturers who do not comply with the law, as well as on retailers who purchase carpet from non-compliant manufacturers.

Here is a 6 minute video clip of Frank discussing environmental laws affecting flooring and specifically carpet and California AB 2398 during the Surfaces education session. Note that you will need to raise the volume on your audio.

To access the video clip directly from YouTube, click on this link.


Thank you, Frank

Here are other posts that address carpet recycling and California AB 2398:

CARE's Georgina Sikorski on Complying With California AB 2398

CARE Webinar: AB 2398 California Carpet Recycling

Earth Day, Carpet Recycling and California

~Bethany

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Controlling Allergies: Allergy Doctor Shares Advice

Dr. John Antalis: Controlling Allergies: Allergy Doctor Shares Advice

Controlling Allergies: An Allergy Doctor Shares His Advice

Living as I do in Dalton, Georgia, I can attest to the fact that Dalton is more than just the carpet capital of the world – it’s also one of the most allergy-prone areas in the country. According to Dr. John Antalis, a board-certified family practice physician in Dalton who specializes in the treatment of patients with allergies, Dalton is located in the geographic equivalent of a bowl. Nestled in a valley between two mountain ranges, allergens like Ragweed and mold spores settle in and stay. “Most adults suffer as much or more from mold as they do from pollen,” Dr. Antalis says.

Like so many other local residents who have been transplanted here from other parts of the country, I never suffered from allergies until I moved to North Georgia. Now, every spring, when my normally beige car turns a vibrant chartreuse under a thick layer of the infamous Georgia green pollen, I break out the drugs, the sprays, and my Neti Pot. What I have learned from Dr. Antalis is that defending myself from my allergy symptoms is more about the way I use these products than the products themselves.

Allergens: You can’t keep them out, so you better just wash them out!

For those of us, especially in the Southern U.S., who battle allergy symptoms just about all year ‘round, Dr. Antalis has devised a regimen he calls his Sinus Maintenance and Prevention Program. Lucky for us, he has agreed to talk about it for the CRI Blog.

Like most brilliant ideas, Dr. Antalis’s program is based on a simple set of assertions: One, that we live in a world where allergens are all around us; two, that it is fruitless to try to eliminate allergens completely from our indoor environments, and impossible to avoid them outdoors, and three, that the greatest benefit to allergy sufferers lies in regularly ridding allergens from the place where they wreak the most havoc - the insides of our noses.

What Dr. Antalis tells his patients is that, in order to control their symptoms, they need to keep their noses clean. By that, he doesn’t just mean they should be well-behaved – he means frequent nasal irrigations. Yes, he literally recommends his patients wash the allergens out of their nostrils four times each day, using either an over-the-counter saline spray or another over-the-counter nasal wash product called Alkalol.  This routine of nasal douching is to occur in addition to patients’ prescribed therapy with drugs such as Allegra, Clarinex, Claritin or Zyrtec, plus nasal steroid sprays such as Nasonex or Rhinocort, or antihistamine sprays such as Astelin, Astepro, or Patanase.

CRI: How does this work?
Dr. A.: Most of the particles we breathe in attach to cilia in our noses. I tell my patients to give themselves one shot of a saline spray in each nostril, then blow it out. It only needs to go about halfway up their nostril – to about the level where their glasses sit. Four times each day. The key is the consistency in technique, not necessarily the individual products. If you do the technique properly, any product works more or less the same.

Dr. Antalis' Sinus Maintenance and Prevention Program
Here is a copy of Dr. Antalis’ patient handout, which outlines his personalized mucus-busting plan for each patient.

The basic plan is this:

1. Every morning: medication and nasal spray as prescribed

2. Wash nose with saline or Alkalol four times per day, at:

Breakfast
Lunch
Supper
Bedtime

3. Last thing before bed: prescribed nasal sprays

CRI: How can patients get into the routine of this?
Dr. A.: I tell them to cue it roughly to when they wash their hands before each meal.

According to Dr. Antalis, it takes approximately 6-8 hours for allergen loads of pollen, mold, dust or chemicals, to trigger nasal irritation. So the regular, brief rinses throughout the day keep particulate levels at bay. Another benefit of his simple, low-tech system is that it saves patients money, both in that it uses less-expensive, over-the-counter products, and also because it can help to prevent the development of more serious illnesses that require a doctor’s office visit. One caveat: Dr. Antalis says patients who spend most of their time outdoors may need additional treatments during the day, but, since the saline solution carries no negative side-effects, there is not a potential for overuse.

Finally, Dr. Antalis stresses that dealing with allergies is a lifetime proposition. “If you have them, you need to stay on top of them. If you wait to start the regimen when you first develop symptoms, it will be too late.Find a balance,’ I tell my patients. “You must try your best to be consistent.’ With this system, you’re not going to be perfect, but you will likely have more control of your sinuses than you would have otherwise.”

This being the Carpet and Rug Institute blog, I can’t miss an opportunity to talk about carpet and allergies.

Obviously, it’s important for anyone living with allergies to keep his or her home as clean and allergen-free as possible, and the good news is we don’t have to live without the comfort and warmth of carpet in our homes in order to take care of ourselves. This blog has several in-depth articles discussing the scientific evidence that shows that clean, dry carpet does not contribute to increased allergy symptoms, but the long and the short of the story is that frequent vacuuming with an effective vacuum such as those certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Seal of Approval testing and certification program, and periodic deep cleaning with an SOA-approved system or from an SOA-certified Service Provider will control allergens in your carpet.

Here are links to blog post related to carpet and allergy:

Many thanks to Dr. Antalis for the caring and service he offers to allergy sufferers in Dalton. And now, anyone anywhere who reads this article can benefit from his Sinus Maintenance and Prevention Program. Here’s to a world of un-stuffy noses! Wouldn’t that be wonderful? It may not be world peace, but it’s nothing to sneeze at, either.

~Bethany
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