How big a problem is air pollution today, what with all of the focus on going green in industry and at home? After all, more people than ever are interested in and committed to helping the environment, right? Well, right. In a sense. But pollution still causes 9 million deaths a year, more than AIDS, obesity, alcohol, traffic accidents and malaria.
According to U.S. News & World Report, the U.S. is the only fully industrialized country in the top 10 nations for total pollution deaths. We come in seventh, between Bangladesh and Ethiopia. Makes you think, doesn’t it?
At Nature Lake, it makes us think about the steps we can take in our business and in our own homes to reduce pollution. If we all do a little, together we can make a big difference. Here are a few ways you can help reduce pollution. Some might surprise you.
Reduce your use of plastic. It’s well known that plastic recycling isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and plastic bottles and other refuse clog up our waterways, streams and oceans, threatening aquatic animal life. That’s why we’re committed to using glass bottles, not plastic. It’s one of our core values. But did you know that the manufacturing and incineration of plastic bottles, bags and other items causes air pollution too? The World Economic Forum tells us that, in 2019, the “production and incineration of plastics generated 850 metric tons of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. By 2050, that number is predicted to rise to 2.8 gigatons of carbon dioxide per year.” That’s the equivalent of 615 coal-fired power plants. By reducing the amount of plastic you use, you’ll be doing your part to reduce that scary number.
Plant a tree. The world’s forests are disappearing and trees are one of the most powerful ways we have to reduce air pollution. So plant one, or many if you can. That’s all well and good for suburban or rural dwellers who have the space to do some planting. But what about people who live in cities? In Germany, they’ve come up with an innovative solution for that. One company, Green City Solutions, has developed a bio tech filter, made of moss, that improves air quality in cities. The structures look a bit like urban sculptures, but they’re filled with moss that is cleaning the air. They’re placed around cities in public areas and are not only a beautiful addition, they’re cleaning the air, too.
Focus on energy efficiency at home. Does turning down the thermostat, investing in energy-efficient appliances and lowering your hot water temperature help the air pollution problem? Actually, it does. According to the EPA, increased energy efficiency helps to lower greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. It lowers your utility bills, too, so it’s a win-win for your household!
Ditch your water-based cleaning products. Use tablet-based cleaners instead. How does that help reduce air pollution? It’s all about transportation. Imagine transporting water-based cleaning products from the manufacturing facility to stores nationwide. That’s a lot of semis full of heavy product, a lot of gas used and a lot of emissions into the air. And, when you think about the fact that more than 90% of a typical bottle of cleaning product is water … why are you paying all of that money and causing all of that damage to the environment to transport water when all you really need are the active ingredients to get the job done? That’s why we focus on tablet-based cleaners.
Please get in touch if you’d like to learn more about our products or if you have a suggestion for something new you’d like to see us look into! We’re always open to fresh ideas to help the environment, one clean house at a time.