Top 10 Things To Know About Pollution Prevention & Safer Alternatives

 1.  Think Before Contributing

Pollution comes from the cars we drive to the cleaning chemicals we use and the carpet and paint on our walls. With each decision to purchase a new product, drive your car, or use chemicals for pest control you are contributing to pollution.

 

2.  Air It Out

The World Health Organization states that 2.4 million people die each year from causes directly related to air pollution.  The illnesses include aggravated asthmabronchitisemphysema, lung and heart diseases, and respiratory allergies.

 

3.  Petroleum Is the Biggest Air Offender

The worst air pollutant emissions are caused by the combustion of petroleum products—diesel oil, heating oil, and heavy fuel oil. Although air pollution comes from large industrial plants, a larger source of pollution comes from transportation.

*(World Health Organization) 

 

4.  “Don’t Mess With Texas”

Little did the 1986 Texas Highway Patrol know that their anti-highway litter campaign would mean more today than it did back in the 80’s.  Over the past two decades The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (aka Plastic Soup) has been accumulating in the North Pacific and is now larger than the state of Texas !  This large floating island of plastic and non-biodegradable trash is from non-recycled excessive human consumption.

 

5.  One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Trash

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the U.S. has 3,091 active landfills and over 10,000 inactive municipal landfills.  Although proper measurements in most cases have been made (liner and leachate collection system), they still leach harmful and potentially fatal toxins into the soil, water, and air.

 

6.  Dispose Of It Properly

Electronics, batteries, CFL’s oh my! Proper disposal is a must as many of these products contain hazardous materials such as mercury, cadmium (a known carcinogen), and hexavalent chromium (cause of nerve and brain damage).  These items can be disposed of during hazardous waste drop off.  or returned to your vendor.  Compact Florescent Lights are mandated by law in Massachusetts (5/2008) to be disposed of via local recycling centers (list attached) in your community.


7.  It’s All In The Label

Toxic, corrosive, explosive, irritant, warning, flammable…  If you see these labels on products you can make a safe bet they have negative health and environmental impacts.  Chemical companies do not, by law, have to list all ingredients in a product.  You could be using something dangerous and not even know it!

 

8.  Cleaning Your Health & The Planet’s Health Away

Most cleaning products on the market are hazardous for your health and the health of the planet.  Use safe, alternative cleaners in place of heavy, toxic chemicals. There are LOTS to choose from! (list) 

 

9.  All Carpets Are NOT Created Equal

Generally made from synthetic fibers (i.e. nylon, olefin, polyester), which are produced from non-renewable petroleum, carpets produce significant levels of dangerous Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in air emissions. Disposal of carpets is estimated at 5 billion lbs. per year and that takes up valuable landfill space and when incinerated increases air pollution. *

(Carpet and Rug Institute)                                                               

 

10.  Paint It On

According to the EPA, indoor air is THREE times more polluted than outdoor air and is considered to be one of the top 5 hazards to human health.  Paints and finishes release low-level toxic emissions into the air for years after application. Reduce pollution by using low/no VOC paints (list)


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