Air pollution is a personal matter, it is not too big for you (or any of us) to understand. It is easy to contribute to cleaner air … together, anything is possible.
You can change the way you buy and use products. Sustainable consumption is possible. Your purchase and use of goods and services should improve your quality of life without placing the needs of future generations and our shared air at risk. Consider the air pollution footprint of everything you buy. Understand and appreciate the unsustainable, linear chain of production in our world today. Like with your movement, working multi-dimensionally fosters balance and promotes longevity and wellness.
We take in so much more air by weight when breathing than we do from our food when eating. If we care about traces of pesticides in our food, we should also care about the traces of pollutants in the air we breathe.
Historically, we have been concerned with air pollution outside our homes, and with good reason – but the problems with outdoor air are also relevant indoors. Even if you live in the country, and are not exposed to city exhaust, the air you breathe is affected by construction materials, cleaning products, carpets, burning candles, new shower curtains, nail polish, cookware, dust, mold, and anything else you bring into your home.
Most people breathe in more indoor than outdoor air in their lifetime, and it is likely that your indoor air is more polluted than the great outdoors. What is the solution? Start by keeping a healthier home with our tips.
People who are often most susceptible to the adverse effects of pollution (the very young, older adults, people with cardiovascular or respiratory disease) tend to spend even more time indoors.
Air pollution affects kids more than adults because of their body size, kids also breathe more air and typically spend more time playing outside.
Keep the place you live, eat, play, sleep, and breathe free of harmful chemicals and artificial fragrances. Remember: being truly clean (home and body, too!) is vastly different from the synthetic scent that big companies call “clean”.
Fresh air doesn’t actually smell like anything. You should not smell cleaning chemicals … or fragrances on people. The best air-freshener is actually FRESH AIR. Air fresheners don’t remove odours, they simply mask them.
More hazardous pollutants are discharged into the air each year than are released into water and land, combined.
Motor vehicles produce more air pollution than any other single human activity, but a new yoga mat will pollute the air you breathe, too.
You can choose to be part of the problem or part of the solution. With all you do, you are either making the air cleaner or polluting it. The great news is that it is your choice, the options are plentiful, and you can start making change today.
Three great places to start are reducing energy consumption, purchasing consciously (items that are least likely to off-gas toxic fumes), and if you have the Akira State Workbook, review the Indoor Air Audit.
By taking action and taking care of yourself, you will be supporting a healthier manufacturing process, cleaner indoor and outdoor air, and a healthier you.
We have nothing without our breath … so we all must be invested in cleaner air.