Mila Now Available in Hong Kong

December 27, 2016

Mila is proud to announce their partnership with the Johnson Group, a Hong Kong-based company with a rich history of delivering superior services and products such as green cleaning, allergy solutions, and air filtration to residential and commercial customers, and government bodies since 1947. Mila and Johnson Group are now working together to sell Mila intelligent air purifier leasing plans in Hong Kong.

“We are very excited to bring Mila to Hong Kong, says Charles Liao, co-founder of Mila. “The Johnson Group is incredibly strong and well-established here, and we look forward to the immense opportunities ahead.” The company plans to grow its footprint aggressively in Asia with a focus on such affected markets as India, Philippines, Taiwan and some mid-Asia countries.

In early 2016, NBC published an article, titled “How Three Fathers Are Responding to China’s Air Quality Problems

The article describes the plight of unhealthy air pollution in many cities in Asia, and Mila’s response by becoming the world’s first air purifier company to design and develop its own ‘smart’ IOT air purifier and offer it on a subscription basis.

“We were frustrated as fathers and consumers,” Liao said. “Most purifiers on the market are clunky, overpriced, and a hassle. We created Mila to make clean, healthy air affordable and easy.

Customers in Hong Kong may head to the Johnson Group’s official site to subscribe to Mila.

The elderly are the most at risk when it comes to air pollution, let Mila protect your family

December 20, 2016

Air pollution is a danger to all of us, but it can be especially dangerous, and even deadly, for the elderly, affecting their lungs and health more than children.

The elderly are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution because, simply put, they’ve been breathing longer; there is more ‘junk’ in their lungs, they might have been smokers or brought up in a smoking household and because of these types of lifelong factors, over time their lungs have been worn down.

In general, older people’s lungs are less elastic, making it much harder for them to filter out polluted air than they did when they were younger. Their immune systems are also much more fragile. If suffering from an autoimmune disease, air pollution only worsens their situation. The body is already so busy fighting things it should not be fighting, or suppressed by medication, that when air pollution is added to the mix, they can barely breathe and their heart is unable to perform.

Small particles known as PM2.5 are the most dangerous. Because these particles are so tiny (2.5 micrometers or less in diameter), they can easily find their way into the lungs without being filtered out by the body’s natural defense system. Even if just exposed to for a short amount of time, when these small particles are inhaled they go deep into the lungs’ bronchials where they cannot be cleared. This in turn leaves the body without enough oxygen and increases the risk for hospitalization and even heart failure.

Scarier still, when indoors, the risk of pollution is still great - if not worse. These small PM2.5 particles are actually that tiny that they can easily creep into the home through crevices or air condition units. Without a Mila purifier, they can remain stagnant in the home, infiltrating and coating the lungs.

This is why it’s so important to purify your home with a Mila. The multi-layer filter that comes with Mila, and is replaced for free every three months, removes up to 99.97 percent of air pollutants to include these tiny PM2.5 particles, along with other allergens like pollen and pet hair, as well as benzene and formaldehyde. With Mila blowing fresh, filtered air throughout your home, your family is safe from these dangerous particles and pollutants.

Mila’s monthly subscription is a small price to pay for the safety of your family, not to mention in the long run, Mila could end up helping you avoid costly medical bills down the road. Mila’s subscription plan is a lease-to-own model that lasts for two years, meaning that, after that time period, you own your Milas.

Plus during that two year period, the certified 3M HEPA (imported from the US) and activated carbon (imported from Japan) filters are included in the subscription, making Mila an easy, thought-free option to ensuring that you and your family are breathing the best air possible.

When it comes to selecting a purifier that not only does the job with 100-percent efficiency, but is also easy to maintain, matches your price point and looks elegant in the home and office, Mila is the solution.

Designed with love in California. Keep breathing easy.

Mila Purifiers Keep Your Children Safe When the Air Outside is Bad

December 12, 2016

Being a parent comes with a lot of responsibilities, including keeping your children healthy, even when you’re not around. When pollution levels peak, children are even more at risk than adults because their lungs are still developing.

Even if children are indoors when air is bad outdoors, unless fresh air is circulating, they’re still at risk. Air inside can actually be worse than what you see outside because air particles can creep in through crevices or air condition units. Without a Mila to filter the dangerous particles, the air will simply remain stagnant inside and continue to coat your family’s lungs.

Tiny particles known as PM2.5 are the most dangerous, especially for your children. Because these particles are so small (2.5 micrometers or less in diameter), they can easily find their way into the lungs without being filtered out by your body’s natural defense system. Creeping into the home, and into the body, children are most at risk from PM2.5 because their lungs are still growing.

But with Mila in your home, these harmful particles are no longer a worry. And, thanks to the Mila app, even if you're not home to monitor the units, you can still make sure your children are breathing fresh, filtered air.

The Mila app works with the units so that you can monitor your Milas no matter where in the world you are. If the air is getting worse, but you can’t make it home to see if you need to adjust your Mila’s fan speed, you can consult the app to check them first. Milas are so easy to use that even your children will have no trouble adjusting the fan speed if needed. When on the same wifi system as your Milas, you can also adjust the fan speed of the units simply by using the Mila app.

Mila’s imported multi-layer filters (certified 3M HEPA, activated carbon and pre-filter) also help with any allergies children might have or begin to develop as they grow. When brand new, these filters can remove up to 99.97 percent of airborne particulates, including things like pollen and dust.

The HEPA filter is what traps small particles like PM2.5. The carbon filter removes dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene and the pre-filter traps larger particles like pet hair and household dust. Of course, these filters are of no use (or even worse for you) if they’re not changed often, which is why we deliver them for free every three months. Plus, they’re so easy to change that even your children can do it!

We know you worry about your children all the time, but with Mila the air your children are breathing is one less thing that you need to worry about.

When it comes to selecting a purifier that not only does the job with 100-percent efficiency, but is also easy to maintain, matches your price point and looks elegant in the home and office, Mila is the solution.

Designed with love in California. Keep breathing easy.

Pollution Season Is Here, Let Mila Help You Breathe Better

December 2, 2016

As temperatures turn from cool to cold, China’s air pollution goes from bad to worse. Pollution is a constant issue due to China’s heavy coal mining industry, smog from car emissions and contributions from factories and the shipping industry. However, when the cooler weather arrives, air turns stagnant and smog creeps in from northern areas of the country, creating even greater risk to our lungs.

Even if you spend much of your time inside with the thought that you’re escaping the bad air, your lungs aren’t necessarily any safer. The average person spends 90-percent of their time indoors. Unfortunately, the air inside can actually be worse, sneaking in through crevices or air conditioning units. Without a Mila to filter the dangerous particles, the air will simply remain stagnant and continue to coat your lungs in your home or office.

Perhaps familiar with the term AQI (Air Quality Index), this is the ‘number’ many of us monitor using apps on our phone. AQI tells how clean or polluted the air is based on an accumulation of different air quality measures, such as the particulate matter indexes (PM2.5, PM10). These particulate matter indexes are measures of particulate matter (10 micrometers or less in diameter and 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter).

PM2.5 is typically described as ‘fine particles’, these ‘fine particles’ being so small that they are not filtered out by your body naturally (through tiny hairs) and easily enter the airways - and your home or office. Thus, PM2.5 is actually a more concerning number and more important one to monitor. In short, the AQI reading is an average of several ‘pollutant’ numbers, PM2.5 is the reading for the pollution particles that are the deadliest to your system.

Mila air purifiers monitor PM2.5 count versus AQI so that you can rest assured your lungs are breathing the best air possible. With Mila air purifiers, fans can be adjusted to smart mode so that the Milas fluctuate to bring you the freshest air based off of the current pollution levels. If you like to stay informed on all your numbers, the Mila app also gives the reading for the current outdoor AQI & PM2.5 levels based on your location.

Another faux pas when it comes to managing an air purifier is forgetting to change the filter. If the filters haven't been changed in a while then chances are you’re simply recycling dirty air back into your abode. And since the particles have been trapped in there for a while, that could mean the air inside your house is even worse than outdoors, even with a purifier!

With Mila, fresh filters are delivered every three months so that you never need worry about recycled dirty air affecting you. The Mila-made filters are a combination of imported certified 3M HEPA filters (which trap small particles like PM2.5), imported Japanese carbon filters (which remove dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene) and a pre-filter (which removes larger particles, pet hair and household dust).

All three layers are an essential part of Mila’s multi-stage filtering; we pride ourselves on providing the cleanest air for you and your family. When brand new, these filters can remove up to 99.97% of airborne particulates.

When it comes to selecting a purifier that not only does the job with 100-percent efficiency, but is also easy to maintain, matches your price point and looks elegant in the home and office, Mila is the solution.

Designed with love in California. Keep breathing easy.

Mila donates air purifiers to Dandelion Village Libraries

Because clean air matters for every child

June 16, 2016

Big news at Mila! This month, we’re proud to announce our new partnership with the Pass Love Charity Foundation’s Dandelion Children’s Library Program. The program works to promote educational reform in rural elementary schools by building quality libraries for children throughout educationally disadvantaged areas of China. Recognizing the need for better air and a better quality of life for kids everywhere, we will install our air purifiers throughout all of the Dandelion’s libraries, starting with those located in Chengdu and Shanghai.

“We at Mila are incredibly fortunate to be able to do our part to help improve the lives of these children through a better education and a better learning environment,” says CEO and Co-Founder Charles Liao. “We hope that gifting Mila air purifiers to Dandelion's libraries will not only benefit the children, but emphasize the value of clean, healthy air, which we believe will also have a profound, long-lasting impact on the surrounding communities. It has been our honor to work closely with Keming and her team on this project.”



Since their inception in 2008, the Dandelion Children’s Library Program has built 123 village libraries, helping more than 60,000 children. We hope to work with Dandelion to place Mila smart IOT purifiers throughout all of the foundation’s libraries.

  • Dandelion’s expansion plan includes the construction of 30 libraries per year, all of which will be outfitted with Mila purifiers.
  • Mila purifiers use the highest quality 3M HEPA filters to remove up to 99.97% of dangerous particulates such as PM2.5.
  • Through Mila and Dandelion’s partnership, more than 60,000 children will be able to learn in a comfortable, pollutant-free environment.
  • Mila’s charity partnerships will expand to other regions of the world as Mila continues its growth outside of China.

Want to know how you can support or get involved? Email lauren@mymila.co to find out how you can help support Mila and Dandelion’s initiative to have children everywhere breathing better.

Keep breathing easy,
The Mila Team



About Mila: Mila is a subscription-based IOT air purifier company that was started by three fathers and entrepreneurs who sought to create a thoughtful, affordable solution to filtered, healthy air indoors. Mila serves both residential and enterprises alike with filter-inclusive purifier plans starting at just ¥100 per month. For more information on Mila visit www.mymila.co.

Air pollution and pregnancy

What moms need to know

May 23, 2016

Being a mom-to-be comes with a whole list of new rules and regulations to follow. What to eat, what to drink, what not to do…

It’s a whole different ballgame and you begin to worry about things that only occasionally crossed your mind before, like air pollution.

Sure, we’re mindful of it, especially on ‘bad’ days, but when you begin to think about the effect it has on someone else with barely-born lungs, well, it’s a pretty scary. Studies have shown that newborns exposed often to toxic air are linked to higher rates of asthma and allergies, more skin problems and could possibly have a lower IQ as an adult.

We don’t have to tell you how dry the air is in when you’re trapped in a tin can. The recirculation systems in airplane cabins are very drying, which sucks the moisture from your body and can compromise it’s natural defense system. To help, carry a small bottle of nasal saline spray and take it before you board. Decongestants are also good to take about 30 minutes before you get on your flight.

Poor air quality is also an important issue for pregnant women and new mothers because you’re more susceptible to illnesses from VOCs.

But before you panic, there are several extra measures you can take to ensure that both you, and your baby, are breathing the best air possible:

- If you plan to redecorate a room, make sure to select paint that is VOC-free or Green-Seal Qualified. You can also reduce the amount of formaldehyde fumes coming from furniture by choosing pieces that are used versus new pieces with freshly applied coats of paint.

- Get out your green thumb and add a few extra plants to the nursery. Plants take in the three most harmful indoor toxins: benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. And choosing the right roots can make a difference in itself - there are some that help you ‘breathe better’ than others.

- Adding organic bedding, sheets and even clothing, can help to combat formaldehyde and other chemicals, especially if your babe has extra-sensitive skin.

- Swap out household cleaners for green products - and make sure your ayi is familiar with using them! If the air is good out, open a window while you clean.

- Monitor the outside PM2.5 with the Mila App (available on iTunes). When pollution is high, avoid exercising outdoors and be sure to wear a mask if you do need to go out.

From 0-9 months, the health of a child is typically dependent on what their mother does. But with such tiny lungs and features, a mask won’t do much for a newborn. It’s important to always check the air quality outside before bringing your babe outdoors, if it can be helped.

- Lastly, be sure to keep your Milas running. By ensuring you have fresh, filtered air flowing through your home, you can rest assured knowing that both you and your little one are breathing safely.

The Mila app is now available!

Air quality assurance just got a whole lot easier.

May 9, 2016



We’re proud to announce that our Mila mobile app is now available for download on iTunes! Our Mila app allows you to track the air quality outside against the air quality in your home and office where you have your Milas. Now you’ll always know know what you and your family are breathing.



Using the app, which connects to the sensors on-board each Mila purifier, you'll have full view of of the trends in air quality both indoors and outdoors so you can make smart decisions when it comes to air quality and your health.





To download the free app, simply head to iTunes and search for ‘Mila Living’.



Once it’s been downloaded and paired to your units, you’ll be able to monitor your Milas from anywhere.

What’s Mila been up to?

April 21, 2016

It’s been three months since our initial launch and we’ve been busy here at Mila HQ!

Since our launch in January, we've been working hard to get our Milas perfect and delivered to you as quickly as possible. This has required several factory visits, extra long hours, and some personal ‘kuaidi’ delivery - all in a day’s work!

We're now anxiously awaiting the launch of our app, which is going through the final round of checks in iTunes. We cannot wait to show it to you, and we’ll let you know as soon as it's released!



Along with working to deliver you fresh, filtered air, we've also been partnering with several studios and spaces around town so that no matter where you go, you can always be breathing easy. You’ll find Mila at places like Aboro Academy, Spinback Fitness, Lululemon, Farmhouse Juice, and Qkuts, to name a few. And soon we’ll be popping up at new spaces like Feel Good Fitness, naked Hub, MT Studio, and many more. Be sure to visit the Community Spotlight on our blog or WeChat to learn about future new additions.

We've also been spending some time with our community here in Shanghai. Several weekends ago we attended the AKS International Soccer fair and have plans to celebrate Earth Day this weekend with both AmCham Shanghai on Friday and the Hongqiao International School on Saturday. We’ve else teamed up with FarmHouse Juice and Jonas Emil coffee to host several breakfast runs from our studio, and have more in the works! If you’re interested in running, eating, or teaming up with us for future events, please email lauren@mymila.co. And also add us on WeChat to stay tuned of more events to come.



Thank you so much for supporting us and staying with us through these first few months. Please drop us a line if you ever need anything, have questions, or just want to say hello (hello@mymila.co). And if you want to pay us a visit - and say hi to Max, our bulldog mascot and Mila’s bestie - in our showroom, stop by anytime Mon-Fri at Suite 305, 801 Changle Road. 

Breathe easy,

The Mila Team

Celebrate Earth Day!

April 18, 2016

This Friday, April 22, marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day!

Earth Day is day that recognizes the need to better our planet and encourages people to take action to do just that. This weekend the Mila Team will be participating in several Earth Day celebrations held around Shanghai, but we also recognize that one day is not enough to do our world some good.

Air pollution, as well as a slew of other environmental concerns, is not going to go away overnight, but there are small steps we can all take in order to reduce pollution problems:

Instead of taking a car, choose to walk, cycle, or take public transportation when necessary.

Try to combine trips when running errands.

Turn off lights and unplug computers and appliances that are not in use to conserve energy.

Look for products that are low in or free of VOCs. (These types of products including anything from household cleaners to wall paint).

Educate others. Air pollution is a massive problem, especially in China, but many still don’t know just how bad it is for our bodies. Follow our blog for information and updates on air pollution and what you can do to protect your lungs.

Pledge to participate in the Billion Acts of Green campaign at earthday.org where you can also learn about other ways to keep our planet green.

And get your Milas going (when you’re home). Milas are energy efficient - each using about as much energy as a 30 watt lightbulb (daily) - and will rid your room, and your lungs, of nasty pollutants, such as those VOCs we mentioned earlier.

Take care of your planet - and your body - and help support the movement to make this planet a better place!

Happy Earth Day

-Team Mila

Mila launches flexible enterprise plans!

April 14, 2016

Breathing fresh, filtered air shouldn’t be limited to just your home. If you’re like us, 50% of your day (or more) is spent confined to your office. We want you to breathe easy no matter where you are, which is why Mila is now offering affordable enterprise purifier plans so that your lungs are covered not just when you’re home, but throughout your day too.

Our enterprise purifier package starts at just ¥100 per unit per month with flexible pricing options available. And just like our standard packages, filters are included (and automatically delivered) every three months.

Milas have already made their way into offices, hotels, salons, gyms, retail showrooms, serviced apartments and more.



If you’re interested in breathing fresh, filtered air throughout your day too and would like to learn more or receive a free demo, email us directly at charles@mymila.co or lauren@mymila.co.

We welcome you to stop by our showroom anytime too! We’re located at Suite 305, 801 Changle Road, Shanghai. Just send us an email to let us know you’re coming. We’re here Mon-Fri 9.30am-6.30pm, but can drop in to show you Mila if there’s another time more convenient for you!

Have a great day and keep breathing easy,

The Mila Team

Welcome to our showroom!

April 11, 2016

You’ve been hearing a lot about Mila, but have you had the chance to check her out in person yet?

Come stop by our showroom to meet Mila! We’re located in the former French Concession at the corner of Changle and Changshu Road (Suite 305, 801 Changle Road). We love meeting our members and future-members, it’s all a part of how we build up our community. And if you have questions or want to know more about how Mila works, we can happily answer - and show you - everything you need to know!

Our showroom is open Monday-Friday, 9.30am-7pm, but if those times aren’t convenient, just shoot us a message and we’ll come in when it works for you.

Just shoot us a message to either charles@mymila.co or lauren@mymila.co and we'll set up an individual demo for you.

We look forward to meeting you!

Community Spotlight: Spinback

April 7, 2016

Fresh air has arrived to Spinback, China’s first dedicated indoor cycling studio. Now, as you pump the pedals and ride through a series of adrenaline-inducing extreme sports videos, your lungs will be fueled by Mila.

How has Mila fueled Spinback?

“The air feels fresher in here now that we have Mila,” says Spinback’s owner Adriana. “Especially on the weekends, when members come in for a recovery ride after an evening out, the studio still feels (and smells) good.”



This April, they’ll be wheeling and dealing…

Spinback is the only studio in mainland China to use Performance IQ, which is a program that allows riders to see their ‘stats’ on the big screen - and keeps you aware and motivated for the whole hour.

Join Spinback between April 23-30 when they’ll be hosting FREE performance cycling studio workshops with demonstrations, lectures, and informal discussion sessions, focusing on improving cycling performance. The sessions will be hosted by Greg Meyland Trainer of Australian National and World Champion Cyclists and founder of Halkswood Training Systems.

To sign up or learn more about Spinback, contact Adriana on adriana@spinbackfitness.com or check them out at www.spinbackfitness.com. And if you want to find out how you can have your space Fueled By Mila, drop us a note at hello@mymila.co.

Mila’s top tips for staying germ-free on long flights!

April 1, 2016

Woohoo, another holiday [read: reason for vacation] is here! And with a few more lined up on the calendar (May Day, Dragon Boat, summer break for some…), what better to blog on than how to stay healthy when you’re trapped inside tight, unfiltered quarters?

1. Boost immunity

Contrary to many commercialized ads, the best way to boost your immunity prior to flying is to eat a diet strong in fruits and vegetables - especially dark leafy greens and antioxidant-heavy fruits, such as berries. If you think you’ll be in a hurry to catch your flight, stock up on some smoothies to sip on prior to entering security. If you can, pack a healthy meal for the flight too - most airlines aren’t recognized for their outstanding culinary services.

2. Prevent congestion

We don’t have to tell you how dry the air is in when you’re trapped in a tin can. The recirculation systems in airplane cabins are very drying, which sucks the moisture from your body and can compromise it’s natural defense system. To help, carry a small bottle of nasal saline spray and take it before you board. Decongestants are also good to take about 30 minutes before you get on your flight.

3. Carry-on an empty water bottle

Flight delays are the worst. Especially when you’re stuck on the plane, but the flight attendant is ignoring your wave for water. Frequent beverage services aren’t as, well, frequent these days. And one of the most important things to do when you fly is to stay hydrated. Fill up an empty water bottle after passing through security so that you always have water on you. And don’t be afraid to ask your attendant for another top up or two after you’re on the plane. They might not be able to cater to you every minute, but they should ensure you’re comfortable once you settle in.

4. Prevent dry eyes

Your skin isn’t the only thing that suffers from the dry air - your eyes will feel it too. It’s tempting to rub dry eyes, but think about everything your hands have touched since you’ve been at the airport! Touching your eyes is one of the easiest ways to transmit cold and flu viruses if your hands are germ-ridden. Wash your hands frequently, try to avoid touching your eyes as much as possible, and don’t fall asleep with contact lenses in - your eyes will become even more irritated that way.

5. Gear up against germs

In-flight germs can ruin your vacation, especially if you’re easily prone to illness and don’t take precautionary measures. If you can, bring your own blanket and pillow - or at least a slip to cover the pillow that they give you on your flight. It’s also smart to use the restroom in the airport prior to taking off - the less time you can spend in such a small space where germs are swirling about, the better. When using the plane bathroom, close the lid before flushing to prevent germs being pushed outward. And, pack a small bottle of hand sanitizer to use in your seat space, especially before meals.

Stay healthy and breathe easy with help from Mila - no matter where you are! Wishing you a safe and enjoyable holiday from the Mila team.

Community Spotlight: Aboro Academy

March 31, 2016

Fresh, filtered air has arrived for those who prefer to pack a punch at Aboro Academy. Founded by World Champion Michele Aboro, the academy offers standard boxing and kickboxing classes, as well as niche varieties like Speed & Agility, Cross Training, and their newest Fitness Boxing class, which combines basic punches with high intensity bodyweight exercises.

So why Mila?

“We love the design,” says co-owner Yilan Yuen, “as you eat with your eyes. And of course, Mila gives you clean air, essential for any athlete.”



Talk about a Knock Out…

Mark your calendar for March 26 (that’s tomorrow!) when they’ll be hosting their 4th Knock Out, an event featuring seven amateur boxing fights. All proceeds from the event (¥80/ticket presale, ¥100/door) will be donated to the Aboro Foundation, a non-profit community outreach arm of Aboro Academy. The Foundation focuses on delivering half day training programs and basic healthy eating knowledge for kids ages 6-14.

Learn more about Aboro Academy by checking them out at www.aboroacademy.com. And if you want to find out how you can have your space Fueled By Mila, drop us a note at hello@mymila.co.

Not feeling rested? Here's how Mila can help...

March 25, 2016

Having a hard time getting a good night’s sleep? It could be because you aren’t receiving all the air that you need.

There are numerous advantages to adding fresh, filtered air into your bedroom, many of which have to do with helping you sleep better. It’s not just poor air quality that can affect your sleep either. Those prone to sleep-disordered breathing, like sleep apnea, are more at risk to have complications if they don’t have a purifier installed.

One main reason for putting a Mila in your bedroom is to alleviate the air of dust. Think about your bed setup. When was the last time you blasted away all the dust mites hiding underneath your space? The last time you felt sick or had the sniffles, did you change your sheets? Do you have a pet? If they like to make your bed their resting place too, your pillows are probably covered with pet dander.

This dust isn’t going to vanish without you doing something about it. And chances are, if there’s a lot of it lurking, you’ve probably woken up with an itchy throat, dry eyes, or due to a sneeze attack. Along with a good clean of your room (the sheets, the rugs, the comforter), having Mila will help attack those sneaky dust mites and dander. Mila’s pre-filter works to remove larger particles, such as pet hair and household dust, plus the activated carbon filter removes odors as well.

The temperature in your room can also be a big factor as to why you’re not sleeping easy. If you have the heat turned up too high, it could dry out your skin. Stagnant air can also be an underlying problem of poor sleep patterns. Keeping your Mila on will help circulate clean air and, at it’s acoustic level at low fan speeds is barely audible, so you don’t have to worry about the fan keeping you awake as you try to get some shut eye.

Living and working in a fast-paced city can be draining! Allow Mila to help make sure that you’re well rested enough to take on the week ahead!

Mila's seven simple steps to alleviate allergies

March 16, 2016

Spring is attempting to break through our winter woes, and with that, so are our allergies. We love strolling through the tree-lined streets of the former French Concession, but when they’re a whirlwind of pollen, we’d much rather zip through the flurry of budding flowers than stop to smell them.

And our allergy triggers don’t just stop there. Spring cleaning makes us sneeze. The swinging temperatures give us the sniffles… So how can we skip through spring without suffering?

Here are a few simple measures that will help you take control over your respiratory allergies:

1. When the AQI is low (or PM2.5 concentration levels are under 50), open a window and let the breeze blow through. This will help clear out the dust and toxic air that’s been trapped inside all winter. Make sure to check your Mila app to see if the AQI outside is at an appropriate level before you do.

2. But when pollen count is high, close up shop and get your Milas churning. Mila’s 3M certified HEPA and activated carbon filters remove up to 99.97% of pollutants, including pollen.

3. If you’ve been out and about on dusty days, be sure to wash away your allergens. Your clothes, hair and skin are covered with tiny particles from everywhere you’ve been. Rinsing off will help to keep the particles away. This includes leaving your shoes at the door.

4. Clean! Arm your ayi with a vacuum, dust buster, cleaning solution… everything she needs to clean out the crevices from dust mites and pet dander that have gotten trapped. Make sure to zap the drapes, wipe the fans and AC units, and clean the carpeting too. Try to stay on top of the scrubbing at least once a week (or more) if your allergies are really a nuisance.

5. On that note, be sure to make the switch to all-natural cleaning products to avoid VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and keep your Milas on when you clean. Mila’s activated carbon filters soak up VOCs, so even if some of your cleaning products do contain those not-so-good-for-you chemicals, your sinuses shouldn’t be affected.

6. Get your humidifier going. This will keep your lungs hydrated while you sleep and keep you from starting your morning off with an itchy throat and dry eyes.

7. Last but not least, stay hydrated. Drinking enough water throughout the day will not only keep you from feeling drowsy, but if you’re already getting congested water will help to thin the gunk in your airways and nasal passages. Switch to hot soup and warm drinks if you need to kick it up a notch - the steam will help clear your head and ease your mind.

This season, it’ll be easier than ever before to take control of your allergies thanks to your best buddy, Mila.

Fresh air, new hair… just a few of our favorite things.

March 11, 2016

Mila has just partnered with premium kids salon Qkuts, whose shops will now feature Mila purifiers. Along with taking the tots in for a trim, parents will also find they can treat their little lambs to Qkuts’ nail spa, toy store, and even spa parties. This March, Qkuts is launching their 6th store in Hongqiao at The Place, and Mila will be right there with it. Additional locations include Reel Mall, Kerry Centre Pudong, Minhang Fashion Mall and The Child Academy.



With the intention of making hair cuts fun, stores are equipped with fun-shaped barber seats like cars, boats, and even a pumpkin carriage! And parents, rest your feet (all stores have additional seating for you), and your minds, knowing that Qkuts stores are committed to the highest safety and cleaning standards. They also use purified water for hair washings.

Mila will help Qkuts keep shops as pure as possible so all of your princes and princesses can stay looking good, and feeling good too!



Is your little one in need of a stylish service? Book a cut through Qkuts wechat (QkutsQkuts) and enter the code Mila + (your child’s name) to receive 20%-off your order. Or book over the phone and mention Mila to receive your discount. Phone numbers and store locations can be viewed online at qkuts.com or on wechat. The deal runs from now until April 30 and is only applicable on weekdays.

To place your order or learn more about salon services and locations follow them on Wechat at QkutsQkuts.

Who is Mila?

March 8, 2016

We created Mila out of need and out of love. And we named her "Mila" after my 6 year-old daughter who represents all of our children whom we want to protect against the dangers of air pollution. This same inspiration is also our bond and commitment to our customers, because we've been there as concerned and frustrated fathers who wanted nothing more than a simple, earnest, affordable solution for safe, filtered air in our homes, and for our families.

As for Mila, the wonderfully curious and giddy kindergartner at SAS, she's quickly become my personal inspiration not just for her namesake company, but to learn and grow and improve as I see her do everyday. Here's to all the women Mila will aspire to become who continue to pave the way for future generations.

Happy Women’s Day.

The Mila Team

Maintain your happy weight with Mila!

March 2, 2016

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to lose weight, poor pollution could be kicking your goals to the gutter.

Contrary to popular belief, air pollution doesn’t just impact your lungs or make your skin and eyes itch, it could be making you pack on the pounds as well. According to a new study conducted by researchers at Duke University, exposure to high pollution can not only cause weight gain, but can also increase tissue inflammation and raise insulin levels, a precursor of Type 2 diabetes.



Even for those who exercise regularly, the average person spends 90% of their time inside where dirty air becomes trapped and recirculated. If you work out indoors but your gym isn’t equipped with a purifier, you’re probably huffing and puffing some pretty nasty air. Not ideal for those focused on getting fit.

But get those Milas going, and fresh, filtered air will assist in not only cleansing your skin but also keep those extra pounds at bay. Plus, with 3M certified HEPA replacement filters delivered every three months as part of your subscription plan, Mila makes sure clean air is always circulating in your home.

Mila keeps your lungs clean so you can stay strong and lean

You’re invited!

March 1, 2016

Join Mila for Shanghai’s first purifier trade-in party!

Date: March 20
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: The Mila Showroom (Suite 305, No. 801 Changle Road,
上海市徐汇区长乐路801号305.)

What is a purifier trade-in party?

We’re inviting you to trade in your old clunky purifier for our stylish and petite Milas. We’ll give you up to ¥1,000* towards a Mila plan for every purifier you trade in.

Mila plans cover your entire home - and include free replacement filters - for one low monthly fee starting at just ¥250.

*¥500 rebate for standard purifier models such as Philips and Panasonic; ¥1,000 for premium models such as Blueair and IQAir. Email us if you're not certain which rebate your purifier qualifies for.

Questions? Email us at hello@mymila.co

How to find us?

Follow the flyers to find Mila in our Anfu neighborhood. We’re located on the corner of Changshu and Changle Road, right next to The Center in the purple building.



Community Spotlight: GuavaPass

February 29, 2016

The Mila team loves sweating out toxins just as much as we love breathing in fresh air, which is why we’re avid users of GuavaPass, a subscription-based monthly pass that gives members access to a community of fitness studios and healthy-living experts around the city.

Just like Mila, GuavaPass creates an affordable option for healthy living. With purifier plans starting at just ¥250 a month, Mila provides a solution for taking care of your health with what you put into your body, while GuavaPass helps you achieve your physical goals with their similar subscription-based model. Both affordable, both user friendly, and both connecting and supporting our communities.

With GuavaPass, members receive unlimited classes at premium fitness studios, exclusive events with wellness experts, community classes and a range of perks from healthy living partners. All classes are hand selected by a team of fitness enthusiasts who live and breathe a healthy lifestyle. Along with the pass, members also get access to GuavaPerks, which offers discounts to a handful of wholesome and healthy locally-based companies.

Sound like something you’d be interested in? Why not give it a go? Use code Guava4mila and receive a discounted rate of ¥888 for your first month.



GuavaPass is not just limited to Shanghai either! You can also find them in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Dubai, Taipei, Jakarta and Manila. So if you travel frequently to any of those destinations, you’ll still be getting a lot of workout bang for your buck.

To learn more about GuavaPass or sign-up, visit www.guavapass.com.



The Truth About Air Filters

February 20, 2016

The AQI has been sky high, but your pad is packed with purifiers so nothing to worry about, right?

Not quite.

Even if you have enough purifiers to make your home look like our Mila showroom, if the filters haven't been changed in a while then chances are you’re simply recycling dirty air back into your abode. And since the particles have been trapped in there for a while, that could mean the air inside your house is even worse than outdoors.

Here's what you need to know about purifier filters to ensure you keep the dirty air particles that have encroached upon your territory at bay:

HEPA filters - the type Mila uses - are what trap small particles like PM2.5. When brand new, these filters can remove up to 99.97% of airborne particulates.

Many purifier brands pride themselves on using HEPA filters, but forget about the carbon filters. These are essential to removing dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene from the air you breathe.

On top of those two heavy duty filters, a pre-filter is also necessary for removing larger particles, pet hair, and household dust.

All three layers are an essential part of Mila’s multi-stage filtering; we pride ourselves on providing the cleanest air for you and your family. But it’s also important to remember that these three key elements do no good if your filters are left in for too long. If you're living in a polluted city, filters should be changed every three to six months - or sooner. Check your filters, and if they look dark and dirty, even if it's only been 80 days, it could be time for a change. On the bright side, dirty filters mean your purifiers are doing their job - keeping the bad stuff out of the air you breathe and your lungs.

This is why we at Mila realize the importance of delivering you genuine 3M HEPA filters (versus non-certified ‘HEPA-like’ ones) every three months – just to be safe! – for free. They’re her heart and lungs, and without them, she'd be nowhere near strong enough to protect you and your loved ones.

Come Meet Mila!

February 15, 2016

As we welcome in the Year of the Monkey, we’re excited to announce the arrival of our first batch of Milas! Just like the monkey our Milas are intelligent problem solvers and would love to meet you. Come stop by our office showroom and see her for yourself. We’re located at Suite 305, Building 801 Changle Lu and would love the opportunity to introduce her to you.

Wishing you a fresh start to the new year!

Team Mila

CNY Goals: Make this the best holiday - or staycation - yet

February 3, 2016

Ah, finally. Time to relax…

It’s been a mad several weeks in between the western holiday season and prepping for the Chinese New Year, but now, finally, time to take a sigh of relief; many of you are about to be breathing crisp, fresh international air soon.

We want to wish you a safe, happy and healthy Year of the Monkey, and in doing so, we’ve compiled a list of suggestions on how to make the most of your week off for both the travelers and staycationers amongst us.

Accomplish your goals

Travelers

Take advantage of ‘travel hours’. Anticipating flight delays? Have a long train ride on your itinerary? Before you jet off, make sure you’ve loaded up your computer, iPad, notebook… whatever it is you need to capitalize on ‘catch up time’ so that you don’t leave everything to the last minute upon your return. Even if it’s a long email to Mom that you’ve been forgetting to send, online birthday shopping, or upcoming event planning to do, there’s no time like the present to tick it off your list. You’ll be thanking yourself later.

Staycationers

Take the free time to catch up on all those little things you’ve been pushing off, whether it’s starting a new podcast or cooking up a new dish - or doing both at the same time. Set 3-5 daily goals so that you can accomplish more on Monday than just finishing the latest season of ‘Making a Murderer’. It doesn’t matter if they’re big goals or little goals, but prep a list prior to the holiday so that you’ll stick with it… and if you need an extra incentive, reward yourself every time you finish those daily goals - you are still on vacay after all.

Keep in mind, some stores might be closed during the holiday; if you do want to brush up on something that needs supplies - a new recipe, practicing painting, etc., make sure to plan ahead.

Travelers

Check the city you’re staying in to see what gyms are around. You might find that you can score enough free ‘one-day trials’ to workout for free if you’re not staying in a hotel with a fitness center. (Lululemon showrooms and stores often offer free classes on the weekends too). If you’re aiming to have a well-deserved resting vacation, try to add in at least a little movement to your day, whether it’s opting for the stairs versus the escalator, walking to nearby villages versus taking a tuk tuk, or renting a bike for the week.

Staycationers

Lucky for you, a solid number of gyms in the city will be open during the CNY holiday. Several are taking a 3-day vacation, so it is best to call ahead and double check, but there will definitely be options available. Now might be the time to look into that gym you’ve heard so much about.

If you’re a runner or cyclist, plan a group run or ride for the afternoon once the city warms up, then treat yourself to a group lunch or brunch afterwards. For those who prefer an indoor workout, or if the AQI is up, pick up some workout DVDs before the stores close, call your friends over, and dance, yoga, or crunch-it-out in your living room. Turn it into an event, by asking everyone to bring a dish over to dig into afterwards.

Maintain (some) mindfulness

Travelers

If you want to go for that ganache-laden chocolate lava cake, then go on, indulge! But if you’re going to guilt yourself later, dive in with a game plan for your post-party strategy: pack a few healthy snacks for your bag (otherwise you might not have a healthy option to pick from when you do get a craving), prep your kitchen for after the holiday or set a goal to lay off the sweets for the week you return. Don’t forget to schedule your Kate and Kimi order early so you don’t run the risk of missing out on that golden time slot for delivery.

Coming back is always the hardest part. If you’re traveling long distances, try getting a good workout in after you travel to reset your internal clock and avoid jet lag. Jumping back into office life isn’t always fun, but it’s even worse if you’re feeling sluggish. Stay hydrated at the office and try not to overdo it on the caffeine, which could have you crashing mid-day.

Staycationers

If you’re looking at your staycation as a chance to take a detox from the drinking or kickstart healthy eating habits, but have allotted for a ‘cheat day’, don’t let that cheat day turn into a cheat week. Treat yourself, just don’t overdo it.

Start working on new routines now, when there’s less going on and you have more time to focus attention on those ideas you want to start implementing. Set a reminder on your phone, make tally marks on the bathroom mirror, or get a friend to help keep you accountable.

And if you just need some time for yourself, it is okay to say ‘no’ and devote more time to YOU!. If you need to unwind, but can’t find a yoga class, pull up YouTube - there are a ton online. And if you really need an escape, treat yourself to a staycation (many hotels are offering deals at this time), or plan an all-day spa day at the Korean Bathhouse New Star - they’ll be open.

Stay healthy

Lastly, take preventative measures to avoid getting sick: stay hydrated, pack extra Emergen-C and hand sanitizer (and use it prior to your travels), let yourself sleep in… We all know it’s easier to catch a cold when you travel among the masses, but after this four-week sprint of working hard, even those that are staying in Shanghai can be more prone to falling ill as stress levels lighten up a little.

Enjoy your holiday, stay healthy and remember to breathe easy.

Why you may not be receiving enough Vitamin D

January 29, 2016

Vitamin D, also known as ‘the sunshine vitamin’, is quickly becoming more and more recognized as a nutrient necessary for good health. Not only is it important for good bone health and growth, but more and more studies are finding a correlation between vitamin D and reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, and a whole slew of others.

You are probably aware that a lack of sunlight can reduce your intake of getting your needed daily dose, but did you know that pollution could also be a factor for the reason you’re not receiving enough of the healthy vitamin?

Air pollution is a huge deterrent of UVB rays (ultraviolet B, which cover up to 90% of your total body’s needs) reaching ground level. Regardless of how much time you spend outside, when the AQI is up, it’s even more difficult for your skin to absorb the necessary dosage of nutrients that it needs.

Supplements are an easy way to increase your daily dose, but there are other small incorporations you can make to your routine to ensure that you’re receiving enough of the vitamin. So how can you boost your intake of Vitamin D?

Sunlight, of course, naturally powers the body to create it. When the weather is pleasant, even a small amount of sun exposure - 20 to 25 minutes daily - can be enough.

More tuna tartar please. Fatty fish, like salmon, trout, and mackerel, as well as, canned tuna, are good sources of vitamin D. Plus you get the extra benefit of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your heart. Additionally, supplements of fish liver oils, specifically cod liver oil (one Tbsp contains up to 1,360 IU), can be substituted.

Those with a more fine-tuned palette, will be happy to learn that caviar is also a good source to increase your intake.

Got milk? Fortified milk, as well as some soy and rice milks, contain vitamin D. Check the label first to make sure. And if you’re not a dairy fan, fortified OJ can do the trick too.

Did you know? When paired with food or drinks that contain calcium, Vitamin D can help prevent osteoporosis.

If you’re a big breakfast person - or breakfast-for-dinner person - you’re in luck. Along with milks and juices, fortified cereals, like Multi Grain Cheerios - and egg yolks (not just the whites) are great for you too. However, you actually receive more Vitamin D when opting for eggs of the hard boiled variety versus other forms.

And if you’re searching for some easy-to-procure options in China, both pork and tofu (firm and light) are packed with the vitamin. Mix a dish up with mushrooms (the highest D-carrier are Portobello), and you’ll be riding high on the D train.

Lastly, watch the alcohol intake. Excessive alcohol use can create nutrient deficiencies, such as a lack in vitamin D. For those social drinkers amongst us, pair vitamin D-high foods and drinks with those rich in calcium, such dark green leafy veggies and low-fat dairy products. This combination will help ensure that your body is receiving nutrients necessary that are necessary to live healthfully.

Do you know your VOCs?

January 22, 2016

You often hear the acronym VOC when it comes to talks of air quality and pollution, but do you know what those three letters refer to?

VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds and not to scare you, but in our modern world, they’re everywhere… and they’re some of the most harmful chemicals out there.

*Sigh* Just one more thing to worry about, right?

But the truth is, you should. VOCs are carbon-containing compounds that vaporize into the air. When they enter the air, they react with other elements, causing air pollution and other health issues, such has headaches, nausea, breathing problems, and more. Some VOCs have even been linked to cancer and other more life-threatening diseases.

And when we say they’re everywhere, well, unfortunately, we’re not joking. Take a look around and see how much manufactured items are within an arms reach from you. Office equipment, furnishings, dry-cleaned clothing, hobby supplies, even air fresheners and cosmetic products contain VOCs.

Over time, these toxins are released into the air, hence one of the reasons indoor air is more polluted than outside. Paint is actually one of the worst VOCs out there. Typical household paint contains 10,000 chemicals, 300 of which are known toxins. Immediately after painting, VOC levels can increase up to 1,000 times higher than the outdoor air level. (Indoor air is typically 10 times higher than outdoor levels). And even then, VOC toxins can continue to seep out for several years. (Queue terrible horror movie).

But fortunately, there are ways to prevent and decrease your exposure to these deadly toxins:

Paint, for starters, is now commonly available with low-VOC or no-VOC options.

You can also ‘go green’ with cleaning products, machines and even makeup

When cooking be sure to turn on the fan to increase ventilation throughout your kitchen, and crack open some windows if you need to.

Select secondhand furniture, or shop for home furnishings free of VOCs. New, manufactured furnishings contain the most chemicals.

Natural flooring is best. (Think: wool, silk, bamboo or cotton). Ceramic and linoleum are nontoxic too. And if you do plan to add in carpeting, choose thin with as little ‘shag’ as possible, and be sure to avoid placing it in areas that are often damp, like the bathroom.

Plants are another easy addition to the home. Not only do they spruce up your space, but they remove the three most harmful indoor toxins: benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. Be sure to check out our blog on the best plants to help you breathe better at home.

And of course, there’s Mila. Not only does Mila purify your pad, but you can also monitor the air quality from your phone, even when you’re not home.

The Early Bird Gets... Clean Air!

January 20, 2016

We whispered to some of you that we'd begun taking pre-orders and your response has been overwhelmingly positive. With AQI on the rise during our first week of pre-sales, we’ve barely had a minute to catch our breaths - thank goodness for Mila!

Mila removes the huge upfront investment of buying multiple purifiers for your home, and the hassles from having to buy replacement filters over and over again. When you sign up for one of our purifier plans, we’ll give you a set of up to 4 purifiers to cover your entire home and deliver you new 3M HEPA filters every three months - starting at just ¥250 monthly.

We've limited our initial release to 300 spots and they are filling up fast. Grab one now and don't forget to use the promo code EARLYBIRD to enjoy one month FREE on us.

Stay warm,
The Mila Team

Stick to Your Workout Despite Winter

January 15, 2016

Cold weather and high AQI are both strong arguments for staying inside. But when the elements begin to impede on your workout routine, energy levels slump, stress levels go up, and you just begin to feel ‘blah’.

While working outside in winter is admirable, exercising on high AQI days isn’t wise. Exerting yourself leads to heavier breathing, which in turn accounts for a higher intake of deadly PM2.5 particles.

So what can you do instead?

We’ve compiled a list of options to beat the wintertime blues without forcing you to spend your time outside.

At-home DVDs are great to keep on-hand when you simply don’t have the energy to step foot outside. From Zumba to body toning, there’s no limit as to what’s available on DVD. Next time you’re out, just pop into your local DVD store - or order online - then you’ll be all ready to feel the burn without bundling-up beforehand.

Unroll your mat. Doing yoga, especially during drearier months, is an excellent way to calm your mind while warming up your body. Yoga focuses more on strength training and breathing exercises rather than cardio and consistent practice will help prevent regular aches and stiffness that accumulates even more in cold weather. Regular yoga practice also helps strengthen body immunity - an extra line of defense during peak sick months.

Locals tip: Check in with your local Lululemon to find out their upcoming fitness schedule. Most offer one free yoga class weekly, along with other types of classes to help you keep active.

Swimming is an excellent way to tone up, burn calories, and expand lung capacity. Plus, it’s an excellent way to work stiff winter joints or bring balance to those who train in other ways, especially exercises that involve running. If you’re having a hard time finding a pool to practice in, check with your local hotels - it’s not uncommon for some to offer a local discount to those looking to get in their laps.

Multi-gym passes are beginning to take off in larger cities where it’s easy to explore a plethora of unique boutique fitness outlets. While programs for passes differ pending on which program your with, most generally offer limited monthly access to a huge range of studios across town. It’s a great way to try new workouts without committing to a studio you might be unsure about. Many offer incentive programs when you get friends to sign-up and once you’re both hooked into the network, attending new classes together can be a fun way to socialize, especially after the heavy holiday season.

Locals tip: New to Shanghai, GuavaPass offers access to a variety of boutique fitness studios in the city. They also offer a referral program so that you can score free months to get your ‘fit’ on.

Did you know?
Mila is beginning to partner with different gyms around town. This means that not only can you be sure that you’re lungs can breathe easy while you’re lifting, but you can receive discounts for personal purifiers too! Talk to your studio to see if it qualifies for our clean air discount!

6 Sleepy Reasons You’re ‘Too Tired’ to Function

January 2, 2016

Feeling too ‘out of energy’ to accomplish even the most routine of tasks? There’s no time to ‘feel tired’ during the holiday season, especially with everything - and everyone - that needs to be attended to! Of course, exercise, diet, and ‘doing too much’ are major factors for a decrease in energy levels, but there are other reasons you might be feeling sluggish, which can be adjusted for a more awake and active you!

Air levels in your home are most likely not as pure as they need to be. Most people spend 90% of their time indoors and unhealthy chemicals in small spaces add up quickly. Things you might not even think about as being toxic - cooking on a gas stove, art supplies, etc. - do affect you, and without proper ventilation and environmental control, can make you ill.

Make small adjustments by adding in extra house plants to help filter air, turning on a fan when cooking, and cleaning carpets, fans, and curtains regularly to eliminate dust. These minor changes can make a big difference to creating cleaner air in your space.

Air levels in your office might be hurting your head too. Office buildings aren’t necessarily built to cycle in clean air and CO2 levels tend to build up throughout the day, causing drowsiness.

When the AQI is down, consider taking breaks outside or even dining al fresco for lunch. It’s also wise to keep a humidifier at your desk so that the air in your space is moist, which keeps your body’s natural defenses healthy and quick to tackle encroaching toxins.

Too much caffeine is another factor for bugging out energy levels. Sure, it wakes you up, but it can also cause reverse effects if you down too much of it at the wrong time of day. As you rise and shine, your body begins producing it’s own ‘caffeine’ called cortisol. When you drink coffee at the peak time your body is making cortisol, you begin building up a tolerance, which means you’ll need to drink more to feel more awake.

Hold off on the caffeine for about 60-90 minutes after your alarm goes off to help balance your natural caffeine with your ‘comfort caffeine’. Your body typically produces more cortisol around noon too, so wait until after 1.30 for your next Venti. And ry to hold off on caffeine at least six hours before bed - this can interfere with normal REM sleep, leaving you feeling even more exhausted.

Not enough H2O can also be to blame for foggy foresight. Even being slightly dehydrated - as little as 2% of typical fluid loss - can lower your energy levels. Water fuels your brain, regulates the speed at which oxygen and nutrients reach your muscles and organs, and helps your body flush out toxins. You’ll immediately notice a difference when you begin swapping out fancy brews for bottles of water.

It’s actually recommended to start your morning off with water - or green tea if you need something flavorful - versus coffee. You can also practice good hydration habits by keeping a full bottle of water at your desk or at least within reaching distance.

Skipping breakfast can result in low energy levels. While you sleep, your body continues consuming what you ate the night before in order to keep your blood pumping. When you wake up, you need to refuel or else you’ll feel sluggish.

A healthy mix of whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fat will set you up for a fuel-filled start to your day. Toast with eggs or peanut butter is a simple way to start this morning routine.

Too much phone time before bed can lead to sleep deprivation. The light from your computer, smartphone or tablet can throw off the body’s natural circadian rhythm by repressing melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep and wake cycles.

Make it a habit to stay away from technology 1-2 hour before bed. And if the temptation is too much to handle, try to keep a routine of plugging your gadgetry into an outlet outside of your room so that it’s not within reaching distance when your mind is fighting sleep.

Mila’s Five Favorite Face Masks That Actually Work

December 30, 2015

We’ve got you covered for when you’re indoors, but the minute you saunter into the smog, the Red Carpet Alert question arises, ‘What are you wearing’?

Concerned for your lungs just as much outside as we are inside, we’ve compiled a list of our five favorite face masks to help you battle those PM 2.5s:



Not the sexiest-looking thing, but if you feel more comfortable with dumping your gear after use, this is what you’re looking at. Although we recommend the more environmentally-friendly options, the 3M-8233 is adjustable and comes with a nose clip for a sexier (and secure) fit, plus it carries a Cool Flow exhalation valve to help you breathe easier.
Online retailers

Cambridge Mask Co

This British ‘pollution solution’ uses a triple layered filtration system: the first catching dust and PM10s, the second, a three-ply micro particulate filter which fights PM2.5 and PM0.3, and the last layer, which was developed by the UK’s Ministry of Defense, battles viruses, bacterias and VOCs. Fun patterns also available for those who like to accessorize with the Union Jack.
www.cambridgemask.com

Respro

If we we’re to choose a mask for being the most edgy, Respro would be the one. The site allows you to grab your gear based on where you live and what you’ll be doing, plus they’ve just released a new line of ‘skins’ to match your style. Of course, they’re functional too, featuring N99 and P3 filters and have been tested for PM 0.3 particles. Now that’s some next level SH-Mog.
www.respro.com

Totobobo

Efficient and effective, here’s your clear-cut solution if you’re looking for a mask that gets the job done without all the bedazzlement. Totobobo ensures face seal protection with their ‘water-mark’ method so that you know none of the bad stuff is leaking through. You can also ‘test trim’ sizes before you buy to make sure your youngin’s is leak-proof too - this is highly important as masks can arrive too big for your child to wear properly if not sized properly beforehand.
www.totobobo.com

Vogmask

Chic and efficient, this high efficiency face wear could make even those with Bane-bearing tendencies look cool (-er). Vogmask features an N99 filter, active carbon layer, and exhale valve in microfiber or organic cotton for all layers. Plus it’s reusable, although with all the color options available, it might be hard to choose just one. www.vogmask.com

Now that you know your gear, it’s worth mentioning that while not all wrap fully behind your skull, those that do should be attached at the back of the head rather than behind the ears - it’s a fitment thing. And so, there you have it: the masks, the means, the marketplace … now take it to the streets.

Meet Mila, Sign Up, Breathe Better… Pre-sales begin TODAY!

December 22, 2015

Over a year ago, we set out to solve the problem of dirty air indoors as concerned fathers and passionate entrepreneurs. We were frustrated by clunky overpriced air purifiers and the painful and costly experience of replacing filters, so we decided to build our own. And we named her Mila.

Mila is the world’s first smart, affordable, whole home air purifier solution offered as a monthly service. There’s no upfront machine investment, and no painful maintenance duties and costs. Sign up for one of our all-inclusive monthly plans and receive up to four purifiers for your whole home with HEPA replacement filters delivered to your doorstep every three months.

Best of all, Mila plans start at just ¥250 monthly.

Starting today, we’re taking pre-orders. As a special gift to those who have followed our journey and would like to join us in celebrating Mila’s debut, we’re giving one month free. Just use the following code when you sign up:

EARLYBIRD

We want to make sure we take great care of you. As such, we’re limiting our first round of pre-orders to 300 spots for Shanghai and Beijing customers only. We will ship Milas in January 2016.

If you’re not in Shanghai or Beijing, don’t worry: we are working our hardest to bring Mila to you in 2016, with our sights set on cities such as Jakarta, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Seoul, and beyond.

And Mila isn’t just restricted to homes. If you’re interested in Mila for your business, talk to us.

Thank you and happy holidays!

Live and breathe easy,

- The Mila Team

Top Ten House Plants To Help You Breathe Easy At Home

December 10, 2015

Did you know that bamboo can help you breathe better? Of course we know that air purifiers are a quick and effective way to clear out poisonous particles from your pad, but adding in a little extra greenery can work wonders too.

Plants take in the three most harmful indoor toxins - benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene - and recycle them into clean air for us to breathe. But while adding a touch of green is always a good thing, there are some that work better than others. Check out the following list to see which house plants help you breathe better indoors.

Aloe Vera
Along with being a filter of formaldehyde, it serves a dual-purpose for soothing sunburns after those beach holidays in Southeast Asia.

Chinese Evergreen
A little local leaf added into the mix, the Chinese Evergreen filters out a variety of air pollutants and removes more toxins over time as exposure continues.

Bamboo Palm or Bamboo
Not only does it remove traces of benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde, but it also comes with the added bonus of a little extra luck.

Boston Fern
A natural humidifier as well as a remover of indoor air pollutants (particularly formaldehyde), kill two birds with one stone by adding this Bostonian beauty to your abode.

Garden Mum
According to NASA research, Mum really is the word as this plant takes the cake by removing ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from indoor air.

Dracaena Janet Graig
Not to be confused with Jenny Craig, this one is best for fighting trichloroethylene and will be most effective in an area where heavy-duty cleaning products are often used.

Moth Orchid
Possibly the prettiest plant on our list, the moth orchid will brighten up any room while it works to purify air of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and formaldehyde.

Peace Lily
Elegant yet fierce - this calming home-cure does it all, removing alcohols, acetone, trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde, to name a few. We recommend placing in an area that might see more pollutants, such as your kitchen.

Spider Plant
Don’t be alarmed by the name - this plant grows quickly and sprouts throughout the year, which is why it’s ranked as one of the top three plants for tackling toxins.

Snake Plant/Mother-In-Laws Tongue
Another nicely nicknamed shrub, the Snake Plant is known to remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene. It’s also one of the hardest plants to kill for those with a less-than-green thumb.

A little green can go a long way, so consider adding an extra air purifier au natural, or two, to help spruce up your space. Your lungs will love you all the more for it!

Mila has a new home.

September 7, 2015

Our amazing team of engineers, developers, and marketing gurus has finally outgrown our previous shared space, so it was time to build Mila HQ! Bright and airy, this space will see our Mila take her first steps. Handsome Max, Mila’s dog, seems to love it too.

These are the real deal! Milas fresh off the line using our future production molds.

August 26, 2015

We still have a ways to go, but it is truly an awesome feeling watching our hard work take shape into something that we hope will one day change how millions of people breathe.

Mila’s got it all: Beauty, brains, and brawn.

April 24, 2015

Product design and development is where our team of designers and engineers truly shines through. We wanted to create the perfect purifier: looks that are worthy of any living room, a construction that’s compact but potent, and real intelligence via precision-tuned sensors.

We’re naming her Mila!

December 21, 2014

What do you do when you need to name a product you’re deeply passionate about? You look for inspiration. And we looked to Mila, a vibrant and inquisitive little girl that stole our hearts from the moment she was born. Mila is the real-life daughter of our “Chief Problem Solver,” and to the team, she also represents the sons and daughters of our future customers.

Three dads walk into a bar…

April 25, 2014

We have been concerned about the quality of air for some time now. We’d all been shopping for purifiers, and we’d all been exhausted and frustrated by what was out there: expensive machines, expensive filters, and a sea of mystical technology. We knew we needed a better solution, and we were not alone.

So, a few plates of cold cuts (and a few bottles of wine) later, and an idea is born.

Why not make something as simple as clean air affordable, accessible, and easy to use?

We’re real, living, breathing people.

And we like looking at pictures and listening to stories. So, show us or tell us how Mila fits into your home, and your life! Tag us on Instagram, Facebook, and Weibo: #mymila #milaliving

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