Beating air pollution is something we should all be concerned with, and take action on.

It’s World Environment Day today and UN Environment is bringing attention to air pollution and what we can all do to reduce it.

We’re on board with this mission through encouraging reuse on a large scale.

But how much does reusing actually matter? More than you might think.

Let’s look at how our wasteful ways affect our air quality and then review some actionable steps for reducing waste.

“According to UN Environment, cities are expected to produce 2.2 billion tons of waste annually by 2025. Much of this waste will go to incineration, which contributes a significant amount to air pollution.

When we think of air pollution we tend to think of emissions from vehicles first. The fossil fuels that cars burn have been a bit of a scapegoat for air pollution in general, but waste incineration is also a huge culprit.

A report released in 2018 by UKWIN states that “Over the next 30 years the total cost to society of fossil CO2 released by UK’s current incinerators would equate to more than £25 billion pounds of harm arising from the release of around 205 million tonnes of fossil CO2”.

It’s just too easy for both corporations and individuals to dispose of items and then forget about them. The cost of waste is a very real one, especially when you consider the impact of air pollution on our health.

We recently produced a list of 10 things businesses (large or small) could be doing to reduce their environmental footprint. Reusing rather than recycling, sending to landfill or incinerating is just one piece of the puzzle, but it’s an important one.

When we buy new items we are polluting twice; once with the resources and energy it takes to make the new item and again with the reusable items that end up in landfill or incinerated.

Can we agree that it’s time to #BeatAirPollution and become a part of the reuse movement?

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