Since Cleaning our Air is important to all life, we have assembled links to articles and contacts regarding various issues and solutions to do with air quality. We offer suggestions as to what you can do yourself to reduce air pollution in your home and community. Also read about developments in areas of technology, community efforts, and changes in policy to make our air quality better on many levels. More and more developments in Renewable Energy technology are arising to help with air pollution, such as Aquarius Engines’ new hydrogen engine which is a single-piston-linear engine running completely on hydrogen, which is pretty exciting.
Outside the home, be wary of fungicides, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, lawn treatments, gasoline, and a host of other chemicals. Using electric, hand-powered, or battery-operated garden tools is easier on the environment than gasoline-powered tools. Avoid using gasoline or diesel-powered equipment such as lawnmowers and leaf-blowers.
Don’t let up on those who are still using poisonous chemicals instead of healthier alternatives, such as Neem, a natural pesticide that is actually good for humans. Keep mosquitos away by having the following plants around: lavender, lemongrass, rosemary, garlic, marigolds, catnip, basil, lemon balm, and lemon thyme.
One of the obvious solutions to manage air quality in the home is to have plants that are good at producing oxygen such as the Christmas Cactus, Areca Palm, Orchid, Tulsi, and Bamboo Plants. Many plants do double duty and produce oxygen and remove toxins from the air as well, such as the Snake Plant, Peace Lily, Weeping Fig, Pothos, Spider Plant, Aloe Vera, and more.
Managing Earth’s Pinterest Page on Indoor Air Pollution details the health effects and solutions to create a better environment in which to live.
More and more people are finally coming around to the notion that the number of chemicals in perfumes, colognes, aftershave, scented deodourants, hair and skin products, dryer sheets, detergents, fabric softeners, dry-cleaning chemicals, air fresheners, candles, along with cleaners, solvents, etc. are creating a toxic environment, and causing long and short-term negative health effects for many. Different scents can bring on different forms of illness, from an instant headache, nausea, or feeling of an assault on one’s central nervous system from the combination of chemicals, and the effects can be instant for many, and can also cause long-term issues if continually exposed. “Chemicals used in fragrances can cause health problems such as shortness of breath, headaches and migraines, nausea, muscle pain, and cold-like symptoms. Asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and allergies can all be adversely affected by the chemicals found in scented products. According to the Lung Association, one study found that 72 percent of people with asthma had adverse reactions to perfumes.” Canada Safety Council
Pouring more chemicals into the air is becoming more of an issue now that so many people in societies around the world may have lungs affected by COVID and its variants. It won’t be fair to tax their lungs and bodies more by exposing them to the chemicals found in the above-mentioned products used to control the recent pandemic.
Individuals choosing walking, cycling, carpooling, and using public transit over fuel-based vehicles can be very helpful in reducing air pollution. It is exciting to witness the growing number of Electric Vehicles hitting the roads, skies and waterways, and this will also be a big help.
It’s time to stand up for our human right to decent air quality and speak up about people using scented products inside the home and in the workplace. Thankfully, many governments and Human Resources Managers are setting out guidelines for wearing scented products in the workplace, and things are finally changing. If they are not changing where you work, you do have rights, so speak up. The more we speak up, the better for everyone.
The following articles address the problem of indoor chemicals creating air pollution:
Environment Canada’s Air Information