Air pollution— from the burning of fossil fuels to emissions of common household products— is extremely hazardous to your health and well-being. Years of research have established that the ill effects of pollution contribute to respiratory and cardiovascular disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and may even shorten the human lifespan.
What can you do to limit the health effects of air pollution on you and your family? Try these simple strategies this May to advocate for National Clean Air Month.
IMPROVE INDOOR AIR QUALITY
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you can improve the air quality inside your home using a variety of approaches, such as increasing ventilation and “cleaning” the air.
RESTRICT OUTDOOR ACTIVITY
Air pollution levels vary from day-to-day, time of day, and season-to-season. Check the Air Quality Index (AQI) in your area and take measures to reduce the amount of air you breathe in when pollution levels are highest. On these days, you might choose to spend more time indoors, do lighter activities (like walking instead of running), and avoid high-traffic areas.
REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION
Reduce pollution and its effect by improving the energy efficiency of your home.
REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT WITH FOOD
The production and transportation of food emits a pollutant known as carbon dioxide, or greenhouse gases, that trap heat in the atmosphere and contribute to climate change. In addition to reducing your energy consumption at home and during travel, you can reduce your carbon footprint by making small changes in the kinds of foods you eat.
CHOOSE ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS
Protect the environment and support your overall health and wellness by switching to all-natural or eco-friendly household and personal care products. Do your research and support companies that utilize eco-friendly or recycled packaging and deliver products that serve their purpose without contributing harmful pollutants to the environment.
Review our list of toxins to avoid in common household and personal care products here so you can make more informed buying decisions.Air pollution may seem like a problem that’s beyond your control, but you can do your part to minimize pollution and decrease its impact on your health and well-being. Start small: support National Clean Air Month this May by implementing just one or two changes from this list. The environment will thank you.
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