how to deal with air pollution

How to Deal With Air Pollution

How to Deal With Air Pollution

By |Published On: 5 February 2021|2.5 min read|
By |Published On: 5 February 2021|2.5 min read|

I was getting a carpet fitted some years ago and asked the gentleman about the glue they were using. He told me a story about how he had been trying to have children unsuccessfully for many years. He got tested, and it turned out he was nearly sterile.

It then emerged soon after; that the glue he’d been using all those years to fit carpets was linked to causing sterility in men. He stopped using the glue and managed to have children in the end — he said other carpet fitters he knew weren’t so fortunate.

Air pollution is a major issue for much of humanity. Fumes from combustion engines, radon gas, industrial factories, fracking, mining, and also volatile compounds leeching from man-made substances and materials. Many common cosmetics and household cleaning products also contain a cocktail of toxic chemicals.

To avoid and lessen detrimental effects of air pollution:

  • If you live in an urban area, travel out to a more rural location at least twice a week — anywhere the air is fresh and not contaminated by pollution. A walk by the coast, a stroll in a forest or just an amble around a large park will rejuvenate you.
  • Open windows regularly to aerate the rooms. If you cannot sufficiently ventilate because you live in an area with significant air pollution, you can buy some air filtration technologies. Blueair and Airfree are two manufacturers to consider purchasing from.
  • There are many plants, such as Peace Lilies, Ficus, Chrysanthemum and Spider plants, that are known to clean volatile compounds from the air and can be utilised in your home. One in every room is recommended if you live in a polluted area.
  • When driving in urban areas, keep your windows up and turn your fan system to recycle to avoid outside air pollution coming through. Glyphosate is being released into the air in many cities that are using biodiesel fuels.
  • Avoid using synthetic perfumes, deodorants, air fresheners or petroleum-based candles. There are non-toxic natural alternatives.
  • Buy eco-friendly household cleaning products. Or you can easily make them yourself with natural ingredients by following simple instructions found online.
  • Ensure your home and work place are free from damp and condensation. Install trickle feed air vents and extractor fans in wet areas such as bathrooms. Ventilate naturally where possible. Eradicate any black mould or mildew.
  • Do not purchase synthetic rugs or synthetic carpets for living spaces. Buy wool, cotton or sisal. Request that the carpet fitters use natural latex underlays and glues with a good safety record.
  • If you have to wear a face mask for your job or because of health regulations, ensure you only wear natural fabric masks. The common blue face masks are made from synthetic materials and are being coated with toxic chemicals. Studies have shown a build-up of harmful bacteria occurs in all masks after extensive use. Change them every few hours and wash them regularly. Children should never wear face masks due to the dangers of preventing oxygen uptake to their developing brains.

© Adrian Connock