Clean Air for Our Heirs

Following the launch of a new governmental policy aimed at tackling air pollution, we are proud to know that Tops already place our children’s health at top priority.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has just launched its new Clean Air Strategy- a policy which aims to cut the costs of air pollution by £1.7 billion each year, by 2020.

The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, has said

“we must take strong, urgent action. Our ambitious strategy includes new targets, new powers for local government and confirms that our forthcoming Environment Bill will include new primary legislation on air quality”

We are delighted that the government has realised that they must take action in order to provide a cleaner, healthier environment for our children.

Policies and legislation will definitely help, but at Tops, we like to take a forward approach to these things. Here are some of practices we already have in place within our nurseries;

  • We don’t buy or use aerosols
  • We use electric powered cars
  • We have stopped buying wood that contains formaldehyde (e.g. mdf) and use solid wood furniture instead
  • We have indoor plants
  • We have a fantastic transport policy that encourages colleagues to walk, cycle, car share and use electric bikes

Indoor air pollution is now at a horrific level, often worse than the pollution outside.  High levels of pollution have been linked to a whole range of health conditions, particularly in young children. At the worst end of the scale, air pollution can even be fatal- the death of 9 year old Ella Kissi-Debrah has been linked to asthma caused by high levels of pollution. She suffered 3 years of seizures before passing away from acute respiratory failure.. all caused by levels of air pollution that were so high, they breached EU legal limits.

To keep indoor pollution to a minimum, try out some of our practices at home. Cut out aerosols, particularly those like air fresheners. Indoor plants not only look fantastic, but they also offer amazing opportunities to learn about growth, change, seasons, water cycles, life cyles… and of course, help minimise CO2 levels!

Posted in: Advice, News from our Nurseries, Sustainability