365 Days Writing Prompts #3 – Indoor Pollution


Imagine, in great detail, an invention that could help reverse pollution — describe for us how your invention works and how it will help save the planet.

The biggest invention that could help reverse pollution is summarized below

9446a4452751b7d912097012856bfab9The day we humans realize the message behind this image, would be the day we would stop giving excuses and take some constructive steps to put an end to POLLUTION.

Why go and tackle the bigger problems when the major problem lies right inside your home?

Let’s talk about INDOOR POLLUTION today.  Did you all know that the Indoor air is 2x-5x  more polluted than outdoor air. And 90% of the time we spend our time indoors breathing harmful toxins like Radon, Carbon Monoxide, Chlorine, Air pollutants from beauty products, Volatile Organic Compounds from our furniture, Pet Dander and hair, Pesticides, Chemicals in non stick cookware and what not….

All these chemicals not just harm our environment but also kill us. They give your kids free asthma and irritation of eyes, nose, throat and skin. They make our senior citizens get timely head aches, fatigue and shortness of breath.  They can make your Work from Home a troublesome affair by making your mind difficult to concentrate, sinus congestion , hyper sensitivity to allergies, dizziness and nausea. Indoor Air Pollution is the 5th largest killer in India.

Not just this, poor ventilation and household processes plus the indoor cigarette smokers can cause

  1. LBW (Low Birth Weight) in the newborn babies
  2. Neural Tube Defects
  3. Insulin resistance
  4. Chronic Bronchitis
  5. Stroke and heart diseases.

Outdoor + Indoor air pollution together can cause negative effects on fetal growth.  And as the kid grows, it can develop serious respiratory diseases. Cigarette smoke contributes the maximum for the generation of indoor pollution.

Here is a snapshot of places where Indoor Pollution starts

Yet, we all speak of only one thing… SAVE ENVIRONMENT. Just like the old saying “Charity begins at home”, the key for prevention of such a big issue lies inside us. The biggest solution for ending Indoor Air Pollution is to purify your indoors and infuse as much Oxygen as possible inside your homes. How do we do that?

Humans breathe an average of 3000 gallons of air each day. How do we ensure that the 90% time we spend in our homes will be safe for our lungs?

One of the best inventions that came across to tackle this problem was NASA  Clean Air Study. The study results suggest some plants to detoxify your indoor air which contains toxic agents like Benzene, Formaldehyde and Trichloroethylene and replace it with fresh oxygen day and night. All you have to do is install one plant every 100 sq feet in your home. Simple.

Following are the plants that you can bring into your home.

Exotic Green Hybrid Money Plant Natural Plants,Natural Plants
Money Plant
Snake Plant
Peace Lily
Lady Palm
Aloe Vera
Flamingo Lily

These plants fit in your budget and require minimum sunlight. You can be an IT Professional or a busy working woman… still can afford these plants. According to NASA, these plants remove

Benzeneemitted from glues, paints, furniture wax and detergents

Formaldehydeemitted from emissions, disinfectants, fixatives and preservatives in consumer products

Trichloroethylene–  from Industrial Work during your house renovation

Xylene and Touleneemitted from variety of beauty products and household products

Ammoniafrom aerosols and sprays used in home.

Apart from these, you need to dust your home regularly and also fix any gas/water pipe leakages in order to combat the growth of mold and other toxins. Plus, it is also important to avoid low VOC Paints in home and stop using products that emit formaldehyde. A very common form of VOC Emission is from the fabric conditioners which you use to keep your clothes from smelling good to increasing the texture of your clothes. If you have pets, please make sure that you groom them regularly and clean them very often.

I have started growing some indoor plants in my small concrete Balcony in Bangalore. And very soon I will share my experimentations with those plants. Let me know, if you would like to be a part of this indoor gardening program.

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3 thoughts on “365 Days Writing Prompts #3 – Indoor Pollution

  1. Learned a thing or two,, a couple rather from here. I just want to say your site is an inspiration, being a new blogger myself it is one that i look up to now to achieve similar to what you have. God Bless you dear – Cezane 🙂

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