Pollution is one of the biggest environmental problems that could directly affect your family. Air pollution exacerbates, and sometimes causes, health problems, water pollution rends tap water undrinkable and soil pollution can introduce toxins to a variety of food products. Pollution affects wildlife and plant growth even more profoundly. Although pollution is too big of a problem for even the most eco-conscious person to solve alone, there are a number of simple steps you can add to your everyday routine to help stop pollution. You don't have to have a lot of time or money to make a difference.




1. Drive less to help reduce air pollution. Motor vehicles are one of the major causes of local air pollution in the United States. Cycle or walk when you can, use public transport and organize car pool schemes. You can also look into replacing your vehicle with a fuel efficient, environmentally-conscious model. Using less fuel both reduces emissions, and helps to reduce the world's demand for oil. Extracting oil from the earth often creates a lot of pollution byproduct in and of itself.


2. Reduce your use of harsh cleaning chemicals to reduce water pollution. Many household chemicals are toxic if introduced into the stream system, and some, such as phosphate detergents, contribute to algal blooms. Use natural or eco-friendly alternatives, such as vinegar for cleaning and phosphate-free laundry detergents. Use the smallest amount of product that you can to reduce the chance of contamination.


3. Limit the use of pesticides and fertilizers in your garden. According to Colorado State University, home gardeners often uses more chemicals per acre than intensive farmers without even realizing what they are doing. The chemicals in these products, which are usually applied directly onto the soil, can contribute to serious soil and water pollution problems. Use organic alternatives where possible and save the chemicals for emergencies.