Updated: Jun 15
Let’s talk air pollution. Air pollution is a key factor of environmental damage, creating holes in our ozone layer and attributing to the green house effect. It also plays a huge role in our personal health, whether it be asthma and other respiratory issues, or from air-borne carcinogens that can lead to various types of cancers. Seeing as how the average American spends 93% of their life indoors, we want the air we breath in our homes and offices to be clean, rid of these chemicals and bacteria. Going the Eco Advocate route, here are environmentally friendly ways to improve the air quality of your space.
Ditch the Air “Fresheners”
Many household air fresheners, scented candles, and plugins are loaded with chemicals. Some of the chemicals found in these common products have not been verified “safe”. But really, are chemicals that safe? There have been many health cases linking chemicals to diseases. Going natural is a safe alternative that is better for your health, the health of your home, and the health of your planet. If you still want to have an aromatic fragrance in the air, naturally scented candles, reed diffusers, and essential oils are healthy, natural options.
Ditch the Cleaning Chemicals
As with air fresheners, many cleaning products contain hazardous chemicals. We have all heard the story of parents locking up their cleaning supplies from their toddlers, afraid they will consume these toxic items. If we are worried about our children’s health with these items, why do we continue to use them? While we may not be digesting them, we are still inhaling these chemicals as they are released into our air. Switch to eco-friendly alternatives or make your own!
Himalayan Salt Lamp
Himalayan Salt Lamps are natural air purifiers. The process that these lamps uses to purify the air is hydroscopy. This is where the water molecules in the air are attracted and get absorbed in the salt. These lamps also trap foreign particles in the air, such as dust, mold, pollen, and other bacteria that cause poor air quality.
The oxygen produced by plants filters the mold spores, airborne microbes, and bacteria in the air. There are even some plants that can also absorb contaminants like benzene and formaldehyde. NASA did a study that focused on these and other common pollutants in our homes, and the affect plants had in reducing these chemicals. A few plants that help remove these chemicals are the Peace Lily, Spider Plant, English Ivy, Boston Fern, Chinese Evergreen, Snake Plant, and Bamboo Palm. Place them throughout your home.
There are many ways to improve the quality of your air that are both natural and safe. Not only are these eco-friendly, but inexpensive, as opposed to buying an air purifier which can cost up to $900. They are also quiet as well, reducing yet another form of pollution, noise. So make the switch today to a healthier quality of air in your space, and see the benefits of going green!