HOW TO: REDUCE INDOOR AIR POLLUTION
Learn about indoor air pollution, why indoor air quality is important, and find actionable indoor air pollution reduction tips to reduce your eco and carbon footprints.
What is Indoor Air Pollution?
Indoor air pollution refers to the air quality within all of our buildings, controlling the indoor pollutants, and the health impacts to building occupants from indoor pollutants. It can also encompass the level of individual control occupants have on their indoor environment.
Indoor air pollutants can include carbon monoxide and particulates from food preparation, tobacco smoke, pesticides, lead, asbestos, pet dander, mold, ozone from cleaners, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) produced from indoor-use products and building materials.
In sustainability, indoor air pollution is to be eliminated so there are no instances of sick building syndrome, from headaches to heart disease. In this initiative, I will focus mostly on pollutants produced by ozone and VOCs from cleaning products, other indoor-use products, and building materials.
However, all residential and commercial buildings should try to eliminate all types of indoor air pollution through any means necessary for the best indoor air quality.
Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?
According to the EPA, humans spend 90% of their time indoors. Studies have found that over 2 million deaths occur each year due to indoor pollutants. Additionally, there are many less severe medical conditions that are produced from poor indoor air quality.
When indoor spaces are not properly ventilated, or toxic cleaning/building products are used, cases of human health issues are well-documented.
When people fall ill, or worse, this can increase financial costs to individuals and businesses in the form of employees missing work, medical bills, and increased insurance costs, to name a few. This does not include, of course, the mental and psychological distress involved.
As you can see, when the indoor environment is negatively impacted by indoor air pollution, it has negative impacts on our society and economy. It’s a viscous cycle that will not end until we reduce, and eventually end, our use of toxic chemicals and building products, and provide higher quality working conditions and building design.
How To Reduce Indoor Air Pollution
There are many benefits to eliminating indoor air pollution. The good news is that there are ways you can help now. You can individually implement methods of reducing your toxic product usage through your daily actions and through products you use.
Little to big methods of change implemented individually can culminate to major, positive results towards reducing negative impacts on our environment.
Indoor Air Pollution - Conscious Consumerism
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Indoor Air Pollution - Behavior Changes
Changing your indoor product use habits is the other component to reducing your indoor air pollution. These habit changes can be done in different levels.
Below is a list of indoor air pollution reduction tips – from the easiest “low hanging fruit” methods (lighter-colored boxes), to more complex or up-front-cost methods (darker-colored boxes below) – that may have long-term health and financial savings. I encourage you to review these tips, pick some to use, and take the Indoor Air Quality Challenge below.
If you want more tips and ideas, check out the Indoor Air Quality blog posts that are continually added for your convenience.
Indoor Air Pollution Tips - How and Why
Take the Indoor Air Quality Challenge!
Take the CORR Concepts “Indoor Air Quality Challenge” by doing:
1. Take the pledge to eliminate all indoor smoking or quit smoking.
2. Pick at least one more of the Indoor Air Pollution Reduction Initiatives and implement them into your everyday life. Periodically, go back to remeasure your Ecological and/or Carbon Footprint to see if you’ve lowered your score. Keep adding more Indoor Air Pollution Reduction tips to your daily life to keep reducing your footprint(s)!
3. Share this webpage with at least one person so that the sustainability message will spread and enrich and benefit us all.