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Five ways to protect the ozone layer

The ozone layer is an area of the Earth’s atmosphere composed mostly of ozone, after which it was named. The main characteristic of ozone is the fact that it is the only substance in the atmosphere that has the ability to absorb harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which is why it actually represents the “last line of defense” against its harmful influences. The disappearance of ozone would completely disable the process of photosynthesis, which brings along the disappearance of flora and fauna, but also the human world. The main reason for its damage comes from human activities, as a result of which gases are emitted into the stratosphere, which then decompose the ozone molecules and thus contribute to the increase of the hole of this mantle. Since this is a dangerous environmental and health problem, we bring you five simple tips whose implementation will contribute to the protection of the ozone layer.


1. Use products that are labeled “ozone friendly” or “toxic free”


With the goal to create alternatives to products that are harmful to the ozone layer, it is possible to find products labeled “ozone friendly” or “toxic free” on the market. This signifies products whose composition is not harmful to the ozone layer. A diverse range of products are available today – from inhalers and printers, through balloons and satellites for measuring atmospheric greenhouse gases, to fire extinguishers that do not damage the ozone.


2. Reduce car use


Most cars are not made to help the environment. Moreover, research has shown that motor vehicle emissions cause 72% of nitrogen oxides and 52% of reactive hydrocarbons emission in the atmosphere, and both of these significantly damage the ozone layer. At the same time, statistics show that transport is responsible for almost 30% of the total CO2 emissions in the European Union, of which 72% comes from road transport. That is why it is important to reduce the use of cars as much as possible. Alternative options include public transport, cycling or simply walking. If you only use the car for transportation from one point to another, try to team up with others to pollute the environment less, while simultaneously achieving economic savings.


3. Dispose of old devices properly


Most cars are not made to help the environment. Moreover, research has shown that motor vehicle emissions cause 72% of nitrogen oxides and 52% of reactive hydrocarbons emission in the atmosphere, and both of these significantly damage the ozone layer. At the same time, statistics show that transport is responsible for almost 30% of the total CO2 emissions in the European Union, of which 72% comes from road transport. That is why it is important to reduce the use of cars as much as possible. Alternative options include public transport, cycling or simply walking. If you only use the car for transportation from one point to another, try to team up with others to pollute the environment less, while simultaneously achieving economic savings.


4. Shop locally


Buying local products provides you with several benefits. In this way, primarily, you get fresh produce, but also avoid consuming food that has traveled long distances. The farther the product travels to reach you, the more nitric oxide is created, due to the substrate used to transport the product itself.


5. Use air conditioners responsibly


Responsible use primarily refers to limiting the time the device itself is being used. In that sense, it is important not to keep the air conditioners constantly on. However, at the same time, it is important to maintain the device regularly, because their malfunctions result with chlorofluorocarbons, one of the most dangerous gases, going into the atmosphere


In addition to the above mentioned, there are a number of additional ways to save the ozone layer. Our bonus advice is not to forget the importance of advocating for the protection of this mantle. Put this topic on the agenda of one of the next conversations with your friends, and discuss with them ways you can jointly contribute to saving planet Earth.