Courtney Sunna - Program Sales Director

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Bert takes the science of certification and talks about it with you so that all can better understand what it means to be Certified asthma & allergy friendly™. He will also discuss tips, asthma and allergy news and resources, Q&As, newly certified products and services, and more.

Bert's Blog™ will occasionally feature guest bloggers from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) who will talk about manufacturer tips, new Certification Standards, and industry news.

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Courtney Sunna

Courtney Sunna

Courtney has been working with ASL since 2016. Her key responsibility is in the business development and sales of Certification Program in North America.

Courtney is a seasoned sales leader and strategist with an International MBA from the University of Pisa in Italy. Her experiences have taken her across the world, living and working across the United States, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East for companies such as Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Wells Fargo. She excels in developing new programs, turnaround sales techniques, and coaching teams.

obama plush dog toysThe Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Helps Parents Find Toys that are Certified asthma & allergy friendly®

Allergy season is around the corner, and parents should be aware of the asthma and allergy triggers in both their home and outdoor environment. With windows and doors buttoned up for winter, dust, mold, and other allergens can quickly accumulate inside – making things like children’s toys a magnet for these allergens.

One way to recognize toys as being more suitable for asthma and allergies is by looking for the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Mark on the packaging. Toys that are certified asthma & allergy friendly® have undergone material tests to make sure they don’t have properties that are likely to irritate both asthma and allergy symptoms. They must also be tested for certain chemicals that could cause allergic or irritant reactions. Lastly, any allergen accumulating within a stuffed toy must be removable by laundering in a washing machine.

If you’re not sure whether or not the toy you want is certified, just pull up the asthma & allergy friendly® Certified Products App on your smartphone and scan the barcode. You can also browse certified products ahead of time and see which stores carry them. It’s that easy!

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Orlando International Builders Show On January 11th and 12th, I had the opportunity to attend the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in sunny Orlando, Florida. This expo is the largest building and construction show in the U.S. and welcomed approximately 100,000 visitors over the three-day event. During this time,  I was looking out for new companies and products that could be a fit for the asthma & allergy friendly® certification program in categories including flooring, insulation, indoor air quality, washing machines, and vacuum cleaners. In the coming weeks, we are very happy to share that two exhibiting companies will be certifying new products with us, the details of which will be announced shortly.

Over the course of the event, more than 1,500 companies showcased their new and innovative products, participated in events and information sessions, and networked with potential clients. As I walked the event and met with various manufacturers and suppliers, the importance of designing and maintaining a ‘healthy home’ was a common thread throughout conversations in many different consumer product categories. As companies aim to bring value to their consumers, they are also striving to meet expectations on both quality and social responsibility. By offering products that have been scientifically tested to be asthma & allergy friendly®, these companies are showcasing their commitment for designing and providing products to be safer for the 60 million Americans living with asthma and allergies.   

For example, bad indoor air quality (IAQ) can be one of the main triggers for an asthma or allergy attack. Therefore, it’s essential to certify that products, such as air purifiers, actually do purify the air and aren’t just displacing the allergens, dust, mold, cat hair, or other toxins around the room.  Today, global connectivity and the internet of things (IOT) is making it easier and easier to have control over our own homes; we can monitor our security cameras remotely and turn on or off the air conditioning unit from our smartphones, but can we check that the air quality we’re breathing in our houses is safe and pure?

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