Allergen and Irritant Standards And Certifications for materials and textiles…
Dr. John McKeon, Cofounder/CEO of Allergy Standards Ltd. (a physician-led global certification company that prepares independent standards for testing a wide range of products to determine their suitability for asthmatics and individuals with associated allergies – (bio)), joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes on location at TexWorld USA 2017 in New York.
The evaluation process, from the ER to TexWorld, and avoiding triggers
McKeon discusses his background as an ER Doctor, how the types of textiles used, floor coverings, devices and more can impact the quality of health care, attention to irritants in textiles and materials such as formaldehyde, avoiding allergens and asthma by creating a certification system, and tying to specific conditions people have. The evaluation process including considering physical performance criteria, chemical performance criteria, looking for harsh chemicals, the physical attributes of comfort physiology, and allergen testing. The journey from orthopedic surgeon and ER doctor to attending a textile sourcing conference, a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, and being able to create jobs and wealth in society with a focus in patient education and environmental control. How moving from command and control to managing and maintaining wellness and avoiding triggers can be reduction on medicine and ER visits.
The Whole of House approach, collaboration, and the next evolution of product choice
Running certification as a product testing process, going across industries, and how there must be a “whole of house” approach. How indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air. The physician led team, the importance of actionable insights, and a joint collaborative venture with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. The app works with bar code of certified products and get info on why the product is certified and what it means to you, and other educational info, affiliation with product lines for Martha Stewart and Ralph Lauren, tackling broader sustainability issues like manufacturing at the source, decision hierarchy in choosing certain products, how the next evolution crosses over with health, inflammation and indoor air quality, and next generation healthy fabrics. The importance of early ambassadors, the democratization of information and why the power isn’t only with doctor.
Creating public expectation, team and innovation, and an Alcatraz swim
How to get these standards in public consciousness and expectation, education from brands, and high search rankings. Personal questions with Remnants cover how McKeon depends on his team, teaching innovation, being an entrepreneur at heart, triathlons, rugby in Ireland, and open water swimming from Alcatraz.