Over the years, the ozone layer has become a seriously hot topic (pardon the pun). So much so that since 1995, the United Nations has celebrated September 16 as International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.
What’s the ozone layer?
It absorbs most of the sun’s UV rays, preventing it from reaching the earth’s surface, which would be pretty harmful and also a bit warm!
Our ozone layer has come under increased pressure from substances known as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in recent years. Although these have now been largely banned around the world, there are still many ways in which you could be harming the environment without even knowing it!
Read on to find out how you could help prevent further damage.
Nowadays you would never think of leaving the house without a spritz of deodorant on. However, with that said, it’s claimed that many sprays still contain CFCs in the aerosols. The only way to be sure is to check the labels and opt for pump sprays over pressurized cans to reduce your chance of buying these harmful chemicals.
Refrigerators from pre-1995 use CFCs to function and can sometimes leak, releasing the chemical into the atmosphere. If you still have a retro model, you should consider replacing it – this will help on your energy bills too as newer appliances are much more efficient.
Drive less, it’s surprisingly easy to implement especially if you’re living in a big city where public transport is easy to come by. We’re not saying to completely cut it out but it would help substituting your car for a bike ride to destinations nearby. Nitrous oxide is one of the largest ozone-depleting substances and it is being produced in internal combustion that powers most of our cars.
Pesticides may be an easy solution for getting rid of those pesky weeds but they are extremely harmful. Opt for natural remedies as the chemical stuff poses one of the biggest threats against the ozone layer. You could also weed your entire garden manually, rather than spray dangerous substance into the air.
It’s no secret that eating less meat is good for the environment. It’s a lesser known fact that nitrous oxide it produced when manure decomposes, making farms large producers of greenhouse gas. Commit to reducing your meat and dairy consumption by a few meals per week and tell five friends about your choice to find alternative proteins.
It’s time we put the chill on climate change so if you’re thinking about being more kind to the planet you can read more handy tips here!