We are a Shanghai-based indoor environmental health and safety consulting firm focused on advising our clients on air and water quality, mold, and lead exposure issues. Like many of you, we (the founders), are foreigners who years ago adopted China as our new home. Having family members who suffered from mold allergies and asthma, we quickly found that China was not an easy place to live. The biggest challenges?
- Low awareness of indoor pollution, particularly the effects of mold and lead
- Lack of public data on municipal air and water quality (we were used to being sent annual water quality reports)
- Difficulty identifying who the reputable testing companies were
- Testing companies speak little or no English, provide no advice on what hazards to test for, no interpretation of the results, and are not allowed by law to correct the problems, forcing us to search for another solutions provider
- All testing was done to national Chinese standards, which were often different, and sometimes less rigorous than the EPA or WHO standards with which we were familiar
- Remediation techniques are often misguided or worsened the problem (like untrained workers who were instructed by the landlord to fix a mold problem by scraping it off the walls!)
We launched PureLiving China with the vision of providing Shanghai residents with a trustworthy way to easily and affordably assess the health and safety of their own living spaces and to fix identified problems. To do this, we have assembled a team of environmental professionals that understand the Chinese landscape and then overlaid this local expertise with international standards and best practices.
A big part of our mission is to help educate Shanghai residents and provide a resource around indoor environmental health that is straightforward, accurate, and specifically relevant to China living. Our goal is to have a community and forum where questions are openly asked and fact-based knowledge is freely shared. There are many other good sites and blogs and we’ll try to aggregate them here as well.
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