The world is finally figuring out that there isn’t one single solution to the pesky problem of pollution.
In fact, air pollution is one of the world’s leading risk factors for death, attributed to 7 million deaths each year globally.
WHO data shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air that exceeds guideline limits containing high levels of pollutants. That’s not great really, is it?
So, what can you do? Here are few things that could help…
We’re biased, but…
Possibly the simplest switch you can make is upgrading your toilet roll from paper to planet-loving bamboo.
Bamboo tissue products have significantly less of an impact on the planet – that’s because bamboo grows super-fast, produces 30% more oxygen and absorbs 35% more carbon than our lovely trees. You all should know that by now, it’s all we talk about really isn’t it?
This wonder grass doesn’t cause deforestation and grows back as fast as you can cut it back. So, switch up your bathroom essentials and go greener!
Walk the walk
Need to go to the shop for some essentials? Resist the temptation to hop in your car.
Cars are a major contributor to pollution – with road vehicles accounting for 60% of total CO2 emissions from road transport in Europe.
If you can, walk. Walking is great for your health, and it keeps your carbon footprint super low!
Less meat, less emissions
It may not be essential, or something that you want to hear, but cutting down on your meat/dairy intake is a great way to reduce pollution.
Scientists have found that animal agriculture is the largest producer of air pollutants, at over 50%.
So, while you don’t need to go full vegan, switching up your diet and having a few more portions of fruit and veg could help the planet heal.
Reduce your waste
Every product we buy has an environmental footprint and could end up in a landfill. Do your bit by recycling properly and reducing your use of single-use plastic.
Recycling reduces the number of ‘new’ materials we need, and upcycling is a creative way of breathing new life into older items.
Also, plan your meals in advance so you’re not throwing away excess food!
Buy some green friends!
Surround yourself with plant buddies and breathe easy!
Plants are amazing natural air filters – they breathe in harmful carbon dioxide and breathe out lovely rich oxygen.
Consider palms, ferns, and lilies to improve air quality at home.
Plant bee-friendly flowers outdoors to help even further – bees maintain healthy ecosystems that naturally keep the air cleaner. Choose wildflowers, lavender, or bluebells to attract our buzzy little friends to your garden.
So, in short, save the bees!
In conclusion, there isn’t one solution for solving pollution. But there are a number of things we can do that could help.
They may seem small, and you may not want to do all of them, but if you simply make one change, it can make a big difference to the planet for the future.