Air pollution is the result of the presence of solid particles and gas mixture in the air. In addition to well-known air pollution sources, such as car emissions, chemicals from factories, dust, pollen, and mold, many smaller ones are located in our homes or around them. Most of these sources, such as lawnmowers, dry cleaners, yard fires, tinsmith shops, or construction sites, are located in our immediate vicinity. Precisely because of this and the fact that they are considered minor pollutants, they are often neglected, despite the fact that total emissions from these sources are as significant as those from industrial ones. If we add the fact that inhalation of some of these air pollutants can contribute to health problems, it is clear that it is the duty of each individual to contribute to the maximum reduction of air pollution. Therefore, we bring you a few tips with which you can contribute to creating a healthier environment for all.
Reduce vehicle use
Although modern vehicles emit significantly fewer harmful particles than was the case before, they still represent one of the major air pollutants. Because of that, skip the car ride and use an alternative mode of transport – bicycle, electric vehicle, electric scooter, or opt for the so-called carpooling, or sharing a car with friends.
Maintain your car regularly
Car service is one of the important steps towards ensuring the health of your pet, but also the environment. That is why it is advisable to check the tire pressure monthly, but also to regularly maintain the exhaust system.
Don’t burn your trash
Burning trash is dangerous for your health but also the environment, and in some countries, it is even against the law. Instead, dispose of the waste in the recommended places, and if you can, choose to recycle. That way, you will further contribute to creating a healthier environment.
Avoid lighting fires in the city
The smoke that results from a burning fire in the city creates unhealthy conditions for hundreds of people, especially during stagnant weather conditions. This is due to the fact that cities have an increased level of air pollution compared to suburban and rural areas, which is why even less noticeable sources of pollution are extremely significant. In case a fire is necessary, use only dry firewood, and avoid periods when air quality warnings are in force.
Plant and nurture trees
Trees are important filters of polluted air, and they absorb carbon dioxide. They also release oxygen into the atmosphere and help cool homes. Therefore, it is important to take care of them, but also to afforest regularly, in order to contribute to the strengthening of this extremely important part of nature.
Use electrical or manual garden maintenance equipment
Gas-powered motors, such as those on lawnmowers or leaf blowers, often don’t have built-in pollution control devices. This is precisely why a lawnmower can produce almost the same amount of pollution as traveling by car for 100 kilometers. Therefore, the next time you buy some of these devices, choose manual or electrical equipment.