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5 Things Negatively Affecting Your Air Quality

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As a zero-waster, there’s so much to take into consideration. I have to find sustainable alternatives to all kinds of plastic (plastic baggies, plastic bottles, plastic wrap), non-toxic options for our periods (hello, silicone menstrual cup that’s good for 10 years), and avoid microfibers at all costs. With all this bouncing through our brains all day, I shouldn’t have to be worried about indoor air quality, too. After all, Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, whether it’s at home, in a school or office setting, or in some other kind of building.

Unfortunately, it’s just the reality: Our indoor air is not always as safe as we think.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, pollutants indoors are often two to five times higher than they are in outdoor concentrations. That might not seem particularly significant, but when you factor in how high concentrations often induce respiratory issues like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma, that statistic seems all the more crucial.