As far as cleaning our air, do can your bit in small ways. Have house plants. Have patio or balcony plants. Have a garden in which you grow more than flowers. Plant a tree. Join a community garden. Monitor and stay on top of your car’s emissions or better still carpool or take public transit. Live scent-free.
Cleaning our air all encompasses efforts on many levels. Starting at a grass-roots level and examine your life patterns, from the scent you wear, scented body washes, dishwashing liquids, clothing detergent, dryer sheets, deodourants, creams, cleaning supplies, scented candles, room sprays, hair sprays, and so much more, you make daily choices that affect the air quality for you and those around you. Poor air quality in your home and workspace can have an array of detrimental effects on you. So many people are chemical sensitive these days that air free of fragrance and toxic odours is most desirable. See the article by Collective-evolution.com describing how fragrances and perfumes are being labeled as the new secondhand smoke.
A big way to help indoor air quality is through plants by having plants that help purify the air by filtering out common volatile organic compounds. Gardeningsoul.com lists a dozen houseplants that purify the air and help get rid of toxins.
Cleaning is a number one priority when it comes to air quality in the home. You can react to the many molds hiding in corners, basements, under sinks, air ducts, window ledges, etc. Toxins and molds might manifest as feeling tired all the time, headaches, light-headedness, flu-like symptoms, nasal irritation, burning and congestion, cough, wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath as well as experiencing difficulty with focus, concentration and sleep, mental fatigue, and irritability. Tea tree oil is a good way to keep mould at bay as is vinegar and baking soda combined.
The toxic residue and fumes from cleaning solutions and other chemicals found in many homes and workplaces create often unnecessary health challenges when there are so many alternatives. Vinegar and baking soda is good for more than just mould. It can be substituted for commercial cleaners in a lot of cases and is much more welcome around food preparation areas than a lot of chemicals.
Dust mites are always a challenge and require constant maintenance to keep their numbers down. Washing items in very hot water tends to kill them. They also don’t do well in ultra-violet rays so drying things using the sun is also a good solution.
When it comes to Cleaning our Air, there are so many aspects of Air Pollution to review. It is overwhelming when you look at Individual Pollution, emissions from homes, workplaces, and Transportation.
Outlining a strategy to be more environmentally friendly is not only a big step toward going Green but pays off in other ways. It is very helpful to have a thorough Green Building Audit to examine Energy Costs, Air Quality, Ventilation, and Filter Systems, the Storage of Chemicals, Water Management, etc. Protect the health of those in your home or workplace from the ground up.
Besides being eco-friendly, the great thing about revamping your energy source to Solar Panels or another renewal energy source is after the initial outlay is absorbed, you’re saving money for years, and you can store energy in case the grid goes down.
New equipment and technologies are making it so much easier to reduce our carbon footprint in many different areas. We just have to keep a mindset that seeks to improve Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality.
Financial Posts article: ‘Canadian company harnessing revolutionary technologies to provide cleaner air, inside and out’
Find links for various resources and contacts regarding Cleaning our Air, including OZONE POLLUTION.
See BC Sustainable Solutions Page on Solar Energy for ways to reduce your footprint.
Environment Canada’s Air Information:
- Air Quality Health Index
- Air Quality Monitoring and Data
- Air Quality Science
- Fuel, Oil, and Gas
- Industrial and Vehicle Emissions
United States Environmental Protection Agency “Cleaning Up Our Land, Water and Air”
United States Environment Protection Agency (wikipedia)