How to Effectively Reduce Outdoor Air Pollution
Air pollution has a pretty big impact on the environment, but it also has an impact on your life as well. The quality of air can have major consequences, and you might be part of the cause. Who wants to be responsible for all of the toxins and hazardous pollutants that fill the air?
You can make a few changes in your day to day routine, and you’ll be on your way to a healthier and happier life. Here’s how you can reduce your effect on the pollution that’s emitted into the air.
1. Conserve Energy
When you use the lights, turn on the air conditioner or plug in other electronics, you’re affecting the air through energy being used. You can conserve energy by reducing electricity usage. Turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth or when you’re shampooing your hair. Turn off the lights in rooms that you’re not using. Unplug things like your phone charger, hair dryer or even kitchen appliances once you’re done with them.
Using less energy means less pollution being put in the air.
2. Commuting Alternatives
Commuting to work can be rigorous and demanding. The long and dreadful drive puts a high amount of stress on your body. In a Swedish study of two million people, they found that couples with long commutes are 40% more likely to end up divorced.
Commuting effects so much more than you think. Not only is commuting bad for the body, but it’s also bad for the planet: the cars and busses people ride to work every day emit pollution into the air. In order for you to reduce the toxins your car puts into the air, consider alternatives to commuting to work every single day. You can find a co-worker and carpool, or ride your bike — just don’t forget the helmet!
The more extreme solution is even walking to work, if you live close enough.
3. Plant a Garden
Growing a garden in your backyard helps reduce air pollution in a few ways. Plants will take in the carbon dioxide you put into the air, while they give off the oxygen you need to breathe. Plants are a benefit to the environment because they help manage the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. Your garden also reduces air pollution, because it saves you a trip to the grocery store.
When you crave a BLT and you need the tomato, you simply walk to your backyard and get one, rather than using gas to go to the store.
4. Use a Clothesline
Putting your clothes in the dryer uses a lot of electricity. You can lower your usage of fossil fuels by hanging your clothes to dry. By going green to get your clothes clean, you’ll reduce air pollution and have a positive impact the environment.
5. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
You already know that the less energy used, the less pollution goes into the air. When you recycle, you’re keeping materials from ending up in a landfill. Landfills are harmful to the environment because of the gases they emit. Instead of something waiting to decompose, it can be reused and repurposed. Use a refillable water bottle rather than a one-time-use plastic one. Put your groceries in reusable bags rather than the plastic bags. Buy in bulk to limit the amount of packaging. There are many simple ways you can recycle, instead of dumping things in a landfill.
And there are so many more ways you can reduce outdoor air pollution. By changing a few of the little things in your life, your health and the environment will become better-off one step at a time. You should breathe easy knowing you’ll make a difference by reducing the pollution being put into the air.
*This is a guest post written by Bobbi Peterson. Bobbi loves writing and regularly posts on her blog Living Life Green. She’s also a freelance writer, green living advocate and environmentalist. You can find more from Bobbi on Twitter.