Keep It In The Green

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We breathe in over 8,000 litres of air each and every day – so reducing air pollution matters to our health and wellbeing. With the CleanSpace Tag and App you now have the power to #SeeTheAirYouBreathe and avoid pollution black spots. Whether you are at home, at school, at work or out and about, you can ‘Keep It In The Green’ with some handy hints and tips on how you can help reduce the amount of air pollution you and your loved ones are exposed to.

 

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Indoors

Cigarettes: Smoking, and the air pollution caused by smoking, causes 6 million deaths annually. Click here and here for more info. 

Leaks: CO can quickly build up indoors, which could end up making you ill. The Tag gives you data on your personal levels of CO exposure over time, which in turn can give you the power to do something about it. Click here for more info. 

Ventilation: Never run cars, lawnmowers or anything with a combustion engine in garages or non-ventilated areas. Click here for more info.

Houseplants: Houseplants are great at cleaning your air. Visit the link to see which types are best for reducing air pollution. Click here for more info.

Smokers: Second-hand smoke is a form of air pollution. Click here for more info.

Photocopiers: Several types of office equipment are known to generate ozone including photocopiers and laser printers. Click here for more info.

Eating Clean: Studies show that diets containing antioxidants, herbs, minerals, essential amino acids and fibre could help to detoxify the body from pollutants in the air. Click here and here for more info.

Fruit & Veg: Dietary intake of fruit and vegetables might modify the adverse effects of air pollution in asthmatic children. The results from one study suggest that fruit and vegetable intake and close adherence to the Mediterranean diet have a beneficial effect on inflammatory response and lung function in asthmatic children living in Mexico City. Click here for more info.

Outdoors

Smell: If you can smell fumes then there’s a strong chance you’re not breathing clean, healthy air. Click here for more info. 

BBQs: Be sure to use a propane or natural gas barbecue rather than a charcoal one, as the gas emitted from a charcoal BBQ is very unhealthy to breathe. Click here for more info.

Lawnmowers: Gas-powered lawnmowers produce more air pollution than cars. Try using an electric or push lawnmower to help improve the air in your garden. Click here for more info.

School Run: Children are at greater risk from the effects of airborne pollutants as they breathe more frequently and are physically closer vehicle exhausts. Try and choose side roads over main roads to reduce exposure. Click here for more info.

Trees: Trees remove air pollutants and produce oxygen. Planting trees in your garden and around schools will help reduce exposure. Click here for more info.

Carpool: If walking, running, cycling or public transport isn’t an option, carpooling helps keep fewer cars and vehicles on the roads, which in turn helps reduces the air pollution. Click here for more info.

Traffic: Air pollution concentrations within a few metres of busy roads are 2 or 3 times higher than 50-100m away from busy roads. Click here for more info.

CleanMiles: Walking, running and cycling have five benefits – great exercise, can be the quickest way to travel, it’s cheaper, doesn’t produce any air pollution and will earn you CleanMiles when using the CleanSpace App. Click here for more info.

Acceleration: Accelerating gradually won’t produce as much air pollution and will save you money by not burning as much petrol. Click here for info.

Weather: Air pollution levels can vary due to the weather. Click here for info.

Sunday Runs: Running or jogging during lunch time or on Sundays, when there is less traffic, can help reduce exposure to air pollution. Click here for more info.

Strenuous Activity: On high pollution days, adults and children with respiratory problems such as asthma, adults with heart problems and older people should consider reducing strenuous physical activity, particularly outdoors. Click here for more info.

Watch this space for more tips coming soon…