An Air Pollution Solution

A homemade soy candle is better for the air than a store bought candle.

A homemade soy candle is better for the air than a store bought candle.

Clarissa and Connie

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When someone says air pollution, you may be thinking, how does that affect me? But the truth is, while air pollution might seem like something far away in Asia and Africa, air pollution is a serious problem everywhere. For example, did you know that it can take less than a week for a black cloud of smoggy pollution from China to cross the Pacific Ocean and reach California?   You may think this problem is too big for you to change, but there are some small things you can do to help keep the air around you clean. You can use special plants that clean the air, and you can use homemade candles. But first, what exactly is air pollution?

According to the National Geographic Society website, air pollution consists of chemicals or particles in the air that can harm the health of humans, animals, and plants. It also damages buildings. Pollutants in the air forms. They can be gases, solid particles, or liquid droplets. Air pollution has caused a huge hole in the ozone, which is causing global warming. Because of this, many animals could go extinct as their habitats are destroyed. Therefore, it’s a serious problem to the future of our earth. So how can you help?

You can put plants in your room or house and they will keep the air fresher. According to www.cleanairgardening.com , NASA says the 15 top houseplants for good air quality are as follows:

  1. Philodendron scandens `oxycardium’, heartleaf philodendron
  2. Philodendron domesticum, elephant ear philodendron
  3. Dracaena fragrans `Massangeana’, cornstalk dracaena
  4. Hedera helix, English ivy
  5. Chlorophytum comosum, spider plant
  6. Dracaena deremensis `Janet Craig’, Janet Craig dracaena
  7. Dracaena deremensis `Warneckii’, Warneck dracaena
  8. Ficus benjamina, weeping fig
  9. Epipremnum aureum, golden pothos
  10. Spathiphyllum `Mauna Loa’, peace lily
  11. Philodendron selloum, selloum philodendron
  12. Aglaonema modestum, Chinese evergreen
  13. Chamaedorea sefritzii, bamboo or reed palm
  14. Sansevieria trifasciata, snake plant
  15. Dracaena marginata , red-edged dracaena

These plants will consume carbon dioxide and breathe out fresh oxygen, helping the air in your room and your house. They will also consume other toxins in the air to help keep you healthier. Spreading awareness about these plants and how important they are is very helpful to the future of our environment. While one plant might not seem like a lot, every little thing makes a difference in helping the planet.

If you want a nice smelling room, then you can make a homemade candle by using soy. It’s better to use these instead of those that are store-bought, because those are not as good for the air. Also, when you use your own candle, you know what it’s made of because you had fun making it yourself! Candles are nice but they are even nicer with a hint of lavender or lemon, which you can add. Whenever you use your special candle, you’ll know you are helping the earth and protecting your own health.You can melt the soy wax, pour it into a jar, while a wick is sitting in the jar with a weight on the bottom. You wait for the wax to dry, and then you can design the jar however you want!  
It’s very important to be aware of air pollution and do your best to help eliminate it. You can use special plants and homemade candles, and every little thing helps for a better future for our Earth. There are many different ways to help the  environment, and YOU can be one of those people to help Mother Nature.

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