Typically we might think air pollution is a problem reserved for developing countries.

However, a recent report from the European Environment Agency shows, it’s a significant issue in Europe as well.

In the 28 EU member states, there were nearly half a million premature deaths in 2015 as a result of fine particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and ozone, with fine particulate being the worse culprit, responsible for nearly 400,000 deaths in the EU.

Where EU air pollution kills the most

European countries air pollution chart
Source: European Environment Agency/Statista

Although not the biggest culprit, the United Kingdom alarmingly saw over 31,000 deaths attributable to exposure to fine particulate matter in 2015, while Germany topped the table at over 62,000.

Europe’s ‘biggest environmental risk’ 

A separate report from the EU Court of Auditors says air pollution is “the biggest environmental risk to public health” in Europe and went on to say governments weren’t doing enough to tackle the issue compared to WHO (World health Organisation) guidelines.

The worldwide pollution problem

According to the World health Organisation, nine out of 10 people worldwide live in areas with unsafe levels of air pollution. It went on to further highlight the problem saying that, one-third of deaths from stroke, lung cancer and heart disease can be attributed to air pollution.

As a result, an incredible 7 million people worldwide die prematurely each year as a result of breathing polluted air.

Protecting yourself from air pollution

Using a high quality air purifier can drastically decrease air pollution and improve indoor air quality
A high quality air purifier drastically improves your air quality

Use a high quality Air purifier or humidifier

The most efficient way to obtain better indoor air quality is through the use of a quality air purifier or humidifier.

From home to the work environment, there are a wide range of air purifiers and humidifiers that can filter out unwanted contaminants, destroy viruses, bacteria, allergens even Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOC’S) and odours.

Portable and easily placed in different locations, they will greatly enhance your indoor air quality and provide valuable peace of mind for you and your family.

FICUS BENJAMINA houseplant a natural way to combat air pollution
Ficus Benjamina — one of natures powerful ‘air scrubbers’

use the power of ‘Mother Nature’ with houseplants

Certain houseplants offer tangible benefits to our indoor air quality, with some able to remove harmful substances such as Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene and Xylene.

Relatively cheap, there are a host of plants that offer air cleaning qualities and you can find out more about them in our post here. As well as a lovely splash of colour to a room, their ‘clean air credentials’, are backed up by research by from NASA.

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