What you can do for clean air
Did you know that one of Oregon’s biggest air pollution problems is particles too small to see? What you can’t see might actually harm you.
First: take a moment to celebrate the next clear, bright day. Oregon has a lot to be proud of when it comes to cleaning up our air. We have far less smog, soot and smoke than we did 50 years ago.
But unless we keep making progress, we will continue to lose lives and livelihoods to pollution we might not even see—and definitely don’t need. Burning diesel, wood and other fuel creates particles so small that they can bypass our body’s protections and go deep into the lungs and blood stream. Hear more from a health specialist.
Diesel: It’s time to retire old dirty heavy-duty diesel engines. Vastly cleaner engines and fuels are out there. Oregon Environmental Council is working to put cleaner engines in place.
- Wood smoke: Today’s wood burning stoves and home heating alternatives are more efficient and cleaner-burning than old stoves. We are helping find ways to get cleaner heat into Oregon homes.
- Air toxics: For too long, we’ve ignored toxic air pollution from industry; Oregon is now working on a program to understand how these pollutants harm health and to hold polluters accountable. We are working with partners to make sure the rules truly protect human health.
- Choose no or low-VOC products when you can.
- Buy only as much as you need, and dispose of the rest at a household hazardous waste collection site.
- If you must store materials, keep them in a place separate from your living space.
- Avoid scented materials such as laundry dryer sheets and air fresheners, and choose unscented products.
- Support stores that choose to stock healthier choices and stop selling the most toxic products (See more at mindthestore.org)