Even though most of us will spend most of our lives indoors, that doesn’t mean we aren’t still exposed to air pollution. Indoor air contains a wide array of pollutants including chemicals found in many common household items, building materials and cleaning products. These chemicals (known as volatile organic compounds) can occur in gaseous form, which means we can inhale them. These can occur both in gas form and absorbed on solid surfaces (including all indoor surfaces, as well as dust).

The impact of indoor air quality extends beyond respiratory concerns, affecting our overall well-being and the natural world. Sustainable living involves recognizing the interconnectedness of personal health and the natural world. Indoor air pollutants, whether originating from household products, building materials, or other sources, can contribute to adverse health effects and pose challenges to long-term sustainability goals. Acknowledging the skin’s role as a potential pathway for pollutant absorption underscores the importance of adopting eco-friendly practices and materials within our living spaces. They can be found in certain types of plastics (such as food packaging or garden hoses), building materials (such as vinyl flooring) and personal care products (including shampoos and hair sprays).

To address this issue sustainably, individuals and communities can prioritize the use of low-emission materials and natural world friendly products in their homes. Additionally, promoting proper ventilation, incorporating indoor plants that enhance air quality, and adopting sustainable lifestyle practices can collectively contribute to a healthier indoor space.

Here are some the precautionary measures you can take to make sure that you are safe:

By implementing these things and integrating sustainability into our daily lives, we not only safeguard our personal health but also contribute to the broader goal of creating eco-conscious and resilient communities. Embracing sustainable choices in indoor spaces fosters a harmonious relationship between human well-being and the preservation of our planet’s natural resources.