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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Question

We are searching for an air freshener having the below requirements: 1. Has any Environmentally Friendly Certificate, i.e. LEED or equivalent 2. Refill must be non-aerosol and contain the vapor system 3. Refill should be in various neutral fragrances 4. All ingredients used in refills should be biodegradable 5. Dispenser should be adjustable to 30-90 days 6. Dispenser must have a fully automatic odor control system to provide fragrances continuously 7. Digitally programmable dispenser made of polypropylene with battery refill information 8. Dispenser should be elegant and suitable for offices, restrooms, and hallways Your immediate response is highly appreciated.


Answer

We try to respond quickly, but cannot guarantee it is fast enough to meet any deadlines you may have.
However, you must do the research on this one personally.
Go to the Internet search engine of your choice (Google, Bing, etc.) and enter
“biodegradable air freshener”. Then, look at the manufacturers’ websites for the specs you desire.
Once you find what you are looking for, get the contact information for the local distributor.
There appear to be many air freshening devices on the market and some will meet your criteria.
You didn’t mention why you are looking for such a system. Obviously, it is to place some odor into the air to cover or mask an unpleasant odor, but what that undesirable odor is, or more importantly, what the source is, is not in your note.
My first reaction is to seek to eliminate the odor source. Failing that, can you ventilate the areas better? Open a window? Use fans?
In my years of custodial experience, I have always found this latter approach less costly and more effective than pumping “freshening fragrances” into the indoor environment. Remove the odor source, and/or provide sufficient ventilation, and minimize the use of masking fragrances. You will be better off environmentally for doing so.

Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor
lekrafft@juno.com