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Healthy Green Habits

Why It Matters

Studies by the EPA have found that human exposure to air pollutants indoors can be 2-5 times higher than exposure to air pollutants outdoors. With the average American spending approximately 90% of their time indoors, it is even more important to keep indoor air clean and healthy.

Top 5 Tips for Being Healthy and Green

  1. Get outside. Exercise without the machines to save electricity.

  2. Breathe easy. Improve indoor air quality by getting indoor plants.

  3. Clean without the chemicals. Buy natural cleaners (look for the Green Seal logo), or make your own! Good Housekeeping has instructions on how to make all-natural cleaners.

  4. Buy organic (at least when it comes to the Dirty Dozen - the 12 most contaminated produce items). Not only can pesticides be harmful to human health, but the runoff of pesticides from farms can pollute water and cause serious ecological damage.

  5. Paint with caution. Paint can have unhealthy VOCs in them that compromise health and indoor air quality; buy zero-VOC paints to keep your indoor air healthier

Digging Deeper

Check out this list of 15 houseplants you can get to improve your indoor air quality.

Learn how to make your own all-natural cleaners.

Check out this list of 5 zero-VOC paints if you’re looking to paint your home/apartment.

Check out which produce items you should always try to buy organic and which you can buy conventionally: Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen.