2016 Dallas Environmental Forum: Ways To Avoid Overexposure To Air Pollution

Before signing up to the 2016 Dallas Environmental Forum, I thought that conventions similar to that discuss the same things. For instance, why are we experiencing climate change now? Who’s to blame for all the garbages that pollute waters and forests? How can we reduce the adverse effects of tech advancements to Mother Nature?

The answers to these questions did come up during the event – that is correct. However, they also gave information about something that everyone needs now to prevent acquiring air-borne diseases. Check out the different ways to avoid overexposure to air pollution below.

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1. Get An Air Purifier

The most stress-free thing that you can do is to filter the air you breathe in as soon as possible. There’s a study in China, one of the most polluted countries in the world, in which the researchers placed a purifier in a dormitory for some time. The respondents mentioned that not only did the air become fresher, but they also felt less stress. Hence, we see no reason for you not to get one for your house or office too.

2. Reduce Smoke Production At Home

Being indoors all the time cannot guarantee that you are safe from air pollution compared to others. If you still utilize a gas stove instead of a fireless hot plate for cooking, for example, you can inhale the fumes coming out of it. In case you light woods in the fireplace often, you are also exposing yourself to pollutants. The solution here is to seek alternative sources of heat when you’re at home.

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3. Use Your Car Less

Lastly, to avoid overexposure to air pollution, you need to stop contributing to the problem as well. One of the primary sources of pollutants in cities is the smoke that cars emit. The more vehicles are running on the road, the worse the air condition can become. If you walk or ride a bike instead of taking your car all the time, though, you can undeniably be a part of the solution.


Shield yourself against air pollution by following the tips above. Good luck!

Reducing Air Pollution Through Vertical Gardens

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What Is A Vertical Garden?

The vertical garden is something that has yet to hit the industry but yes, it is getting there. Across the globe, big companies have gotten interested in this technology and are continuously planning to create these gardens in urban areas where trees are rare and air pollution is widespread.

Vertical gardens are a unique strategy that allows people to grow plants in a suspended or vertical panel with the use of hydroponics. They can be held to the walls or can be self-supported. They may be called living walls or moss walls. They can also be created to be as high as over 50 feet, or as small as a photo frame.

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Just recently, China displayed its first-ever vertical garden that allows the production of 60 kilograms of oxygen daily. Also, in India, its first vertical garden grows about 3500 plants.


How Do They Work?

Vertical gardens have a skeletal framework that is created like the real walls in our homes or office buildings. Some systems are built with hidden pipes that provide a method for self-watering to keep the plants wet and healthy. Other systems, however, don’t provide these pipes and require manual watering.

Since this technology is fairly new, the lifespan of vertical gardens are yet to be determined, although the walls and the panels are expected to last for about 25 years.


What Are The Benefits Of A Vertical Garden?

Having green walls in your home or office is definitely a beauty, but aside from cosmetic reasons, there are more amazing benefits of this wonderful innovation.

  • It improves the quality of air. These vertical gardens are a natural air filter and are very useful especially for condominium residents who don’t have enough space to build a normal garden. It helps create a cleaner and greener environment while promoting good health and productivity. In the offices where most air particles contain carbon monoxide and other harmful elements, the vertical greens help break these harmful elements and replace them with clean air.

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  • It helps reduce noise. This benefit is not as common as reducing air pollution, but it has been proven that vegetation can effectively reduce high-frequency sound to a minimum. Therefore, with the greens attached to the walls, which also help insulate sound, the vertical garden is an efficient method of pacifying noise from the streets and other neighboring buildings.
  • It saves money and energy. The structure of the vertical garden is built in such a way that it works through a process known as evapotranspiration, where it is able to decrease the temperature during the summer and produce heat during the winter months. For this reason, less money and energy are required to stay in a comfortable and temperature-controlled home or office.
  • It allows for a lesser dependency on land or property. Because the plants grow vertically and the garden relies on frames and support systems that are positioned upward, there is no need for homeowners to buy or lease more property, saving money and space.


Vertical gardens are suitable for new or renovated buildings, from just cozy apartments to the huge commercial spaces. They can be built inside or outside the buildings. They are versatile, cost-efficient, and something to be considered at this day and age.