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Good morning curious.friends,

Today is Clean Air Day, which is raising the awareness of air pollution, its causes, problems and solutions. It is being run by our friends over at Global Action Plan (and our very own Martyn).

Check out this awesome guide for facts and solutions to living in a world with less air pollution.

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Clean Air Day 2019, it's today!

by Will Roderick

What's Going On Here?

Thursday 20th June (Today!) marks the UK’s largest clean air campaign, Clean Air Day, co-ordinated by our friends over at Global Action Plan. 

The event highlights the significance of air quality on human health, but most importantly provides a platform to share ideas that will improve air quality and the health of ourselves and those around us. 

What Does This Mean?
Established in 2017, Clean Air Day works to educate people and raise awareness of the impacts of air pollution. Across the country, more than 300 events are set to be held, ranging from no-idling awareness events to electric and hybrid vehicle showcases, there’s sure to be something for everyone! 

This year's event builds upon the success of Clean Air Day 2018, when more than 2,000 organisations and countless individuals took part in events across the UK! 

Why Should We Care?

Hopefully it isn't ground breaking news that air pollution harms our health, it has been a focal topic in the media for quite some time now!

Did you know that air pollution is as serious a public health issue as both cancer and heart disease? It’s linked with up to 40,000 premature deaths annually in the UK, particularly affecting young people and those with pre-existing heart and lung conditions. 

57% of unborn babies are exposed to increased levels of toxic air pollution

Clean Air Day comes as we enter the warmer summer months, and provided that the weather sorts its act out, will see us all hopefully spending more time outdoors, whether walking to and from work or enjoying a G&T in the garden!

However, it’s even more important to be vigilant of air pollution in your local area during this period, as the effects of air pollution are enhanced when dispersion mechanisms (rain, wind etc.) are reduced and pollution is able to accumulate to even more dangerous levels. 

Be Curious!

By the time this lands in your inbox you’ll have missed nine hours of Clean Air Day! Fear not - there’s plenty of time to get involved in an event near you

Can’t attend an event? Use #CleanAirDay to share what you will be doing to combat air pollution where you live!

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So fresh and so clean: clothes that don’t need washing

by Maya Comely

What's Going On Here?

A new wave of eco-fashion companies are now offering clothes that don’t need washing. From seaweed fibre T-shirts infused with peppermint oil to superfine wool that doesn’t trap sweat or moisture, these self-cleaning materials could be a gamechanger for addressing our society’s obsessive laundering habits.

What Does This Mean?

Yep, you heard right. Clothing brands such as Pangaia, Unbound Merino and Wool & Prince are now selling garms with ‘natural freshness’ and ‘odour resistance’ - so much so that you can forget about chucking them in the wash. Unbound Merino have created wool travel clothes that can go weeks without being washed and Wool & Prince are making dresses that can be worn for 100 days straight.

Okay maybe 100 days in the same outfit might make you trend-setters squirm, but these wash-less brands are helping to combat decades of clever marketing by the cleaning industry telling us that one day’s wear is enough to put in a load. But jeans don’t need washing for at least a year - right?

Why Should We Care?

Here’s a shocka for ya - only 5% of Germans changed their underwear daily in 1966! Some may say we’ve definitely come a long way in terms of personal hygiene, but laundering our clothes as much as we do now comes at a huge cost for our planet.

According to Fashion Revolution - a quarter of an item’s carbon footprint comes from washing. To top it off, each time you run a washing machine over 700,000 synthetic microfibres enter our already plastic filled oceans. Not to mention the gas, electricity and water usage - washing machines account for 17% of our home water usage!

Pangaia claim that with their seaweedy minty T-shirts save about 3,000 litres of water over the course of a lifetime, compared to a regular cotton tee. That’s enough water to fill 37 bathtubs! 🛀

Be Curious!

Whether you get on the hype and nab yourself a couple of washless items or not - keep it simple and rethink the way you launder! Shockingly 90% of the clothes we wash aren’t actually dirty enough to be washed, so we simply just need to wash our clothes less.

Our top tip; hang your clothes on your door for an au naturale air clean and they’ll be fresh as ever! And of course if you do pop a wash on, make sure you opt for a water efficient cool setting and ditch that tumble dryer!

For more laundry tips that won’t stain the environment, check out this treehugger article.
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Sadiq Khan announces car-free day in London to tackle air pollution - Guardian
EU member states swing behind 2050 carbon neutral target - Independent
'Boaty McBoatface' maps deep ocean water - BBC
4 reasons to repair instead of recycling or replacing - Treehugger
Ocean Divers Set Guinness World Record For Largest Underwater Cleanup - Forbes
UK looks set to host COP26 in partnership with Italy - edie.net
Maya Comely
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Will Roderick
NEWS WRITER
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