Wednesday, September 16th is the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. The ozone layer is a deep layer in the stratosphere containing a high concentration of ozone, which provides protection from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Through the years, the ozone layer has become increasingly threatened by chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which are found in common commercial products. Widespread use of these products has led to large holes in the ozone layer. At dinCloud, we feel that a stratosphere without an ozone layer is like a private data center without a firewall. We’ve compiled a few easy steps you can take to help combat the trend of ozone layer depletion
How To Prevent Ozone Depletion
The first step you can take to protect the ozone is by avoiding harmful ozone products. One harmful ozone product is halogenated hydrocarbon, which is commonly found in fire extinguishers. Check to see if your current fire extinguisher has halogenated hydrocarbon as the main ingredient. If it does, find a hazardous waste center to properly dispose of it. When selecting your next fire extinguisher, avoid purchasing one with halogenated hydrocarbon.
Another product that is harmful to ozone is chlorofluorocarbon (CFC), which is commonly found in aerosol products. Although the use of CFCs has been widely banned, it is still important to check the label on hairsprays, deodorants, and other household items. Opt for pump spray products which are an ozone-friendly alternative to pressurized aerosol cans. Harmful CFCs are also present in larger commercial products. Properly disposing of pre-1995 refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioning units will also help eliminate harmful CFCs in the ozone layer.
Opting to walk, carpool, or take public transport rather than drive can also help minimize ozone depletion. Also, selecting local foods and produce can help reduce carbon emissions because of the reduction in required transportation.
With these few simple steps you can help combat ozone depletion. You wouldn’t skip out on a firewall, so why force our stratosphere to do the same?