What can you do out and about
Most of us are more aware of the pollution we experience outside but we don't know how to reduce of avoid it.
What can you do:
- Cycle, walk and take public transport. You could try bike sharing schemes like Santander or using cargo bikes to carry bigger loads. The council is supporting cycling in a number of ways:
- Walk using the side streets. Avoid busy, main roads and use quieter side streets where pollution levels are lower. There are a number of different clean air routes that you can use in Islington.
Look for Clean Air Routes
- Go electric. Book a test drive today and choose electric when replacing your car. The council is installing more electric charging points all of the time.
- Join an electric car sharing club such as DriveNow or Zipcar. Car share with colleagues, friends and neighbours
- Don’t idle. Turn off your engine when not moving to reduce your emissions. You can be fined for idling in Islington.
- If you are buying a new car look for the least polluting vehicle
- Use Click and Collect to receive parcels and reduce the amount of travelling delivery vehicles make
- Only use a fire when necessary and ensure you follow the rules for Smoke Control Areas
What you can do at home
We spend 90% of our time inside so it’s essential that we are breathing clean air. Indoor air pollution comes from many sources and it’s hard to spot, so many people don’t realise they are at risk.
- Heating and cooking
- Mould on walls and windows
- Chemicals in paints, varnishes, chipboard, furniture, carpets and sofas
- Fumes from cleaning products and toiletries
- Wood burning stoves and BBQs.
What you can do:
- Open windows when cooking and cleaning to ventilate the room
- Use mild, fragrance free cleaning products and toiletries
- Keep dust levels low
- Get your boiler checked annually
- Avoid using chimneys and wood burning stoves