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5 Steps to help reduce air pollution

 
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Sometimes, it's easy to forget how often we breathe every day. Our heart pumps blood and our lungs are constantly moving and circulating air into our systems. Oxygen is essential to human life, which is why it is important to take steps to keep our air clean. Here are five easy things you can do to help stop air pollution. 

Drive smart. Try to use your vehicle less frequently. Carpools, rideshare and public transportation are all great alternatives to driving alone. If your destination is within a reasonable distance, try walking or riding your bike instead of driving.

Plant a garden. Did you know that certain plants and flowers can help reduce pollution? Try planting aloe, gerbera daisies, chrysanthemums, English ivy and peace lilies to help improve the quality of the air you breathe every day. Growing your own fruits and veggies is also a great way to reduce pollution and save some money at the grocery store.

Shut off the lights. How often do you run out the door in the morning and leave the bathroom light on? Make it a habit to shut off the light every time you leave a room. Unplug all unnecessary electronics when you can. Traditional power can lead to a lot of wasted energy, contributing to air pollution.

Stop smoking. Cigarette smoke is harmful for you and the air quality around you. Stop smoking and encourage other people to do the same.

Recycle. This may sound obvious, but recycling is one of the easiest ways to reduce pollution. Ask for paper instead of plastic at the grocery store, as typical paper bags are made from recycled materials, or better yet, bring your own reusable shopping bags. When possible, try purchasing items made from recycled materials.

By taking these five simple steps, you can help keep the air we breathe clean; keeping you and your family one step closer to happy and healthy.