Written by: on September 21, 2020 @ 12:09 pm

Pollution is one of the largest threats against our planet, poisoning our water systems, contaminating our atmosphere, and suffocating wildlife. Pollution is defined as a process in which land, air, water, and the remainder of the environment are made dirty, unsafe, and unsuitable for use. By making yourself aware of the sources creating pollution, we can prevent pollution and the violation of our planet. The theme for 2020’s pollution prevention week is Common Sense Solutions for Business & The Environment.

Working to eliminate and reduce pollution sources prevents further damage to our environment, reducing the need for expensive cleanup. In 1992, the Environmental Protection Agency passed the Pollution Prevention Act which states the EPA must establish a source reduction program to collect and disseminate information about pollution and provide financial assistance to States to reduce pollution.  This act found the United States spends tens of billions of dollars each year controlling and cleaning the millions of tons of pollution being created.

The Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 found the first step to prevention pollution was reducing the source. If a source of pollution cannot be reduced or prevented, it must be recycled or treated in a green, environmentally safe manner. Many industries can reduce and prevent the pollution they are creating by making cost-effective changes in their manufacturing process by simply reevaluating their priority from pollution treatment to reduction!

While industries are the greatest creators of pollution, each citizen can help the pollution problem! Develop Environmental Management Systems in your school or workplace that work to reduce your energy and water use, understand resource usage, choose Energy Star rated products, use EPEAT- registered products made with fewer toxins, and donate used electrical products to e-Cycler’s. Your family can make green choices by looking for home products on the EPA’s Safer Choice List, buying Energy Star products, and calculating your household’s emissions! We can all do our part in lowering pollution to save our planet!

Another way your family can reduce the pollution you create is by composting. Recycle your food scraps the natural way, and create an environmentally friendly, compost pile in a cup! https://sciencemadefun.net/downloads/CompostInCup.pdf

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