We all that know plants purify the air. I somehow remember those distant distant photosynthesis lessons in high school about the plants taking in CO2 that we breathe out and producing the oxygen O2 that we need to breathe in. The media keeps us constantly aware that it’s bad to be cutting down rainforests because they are the lungs of our planet…. well that being said, what can we really do, today, now and inexpensively? I came across (as you do) some pretty mind-blowing data from NASA.
I was fascinated to read their findings on simple house plants that can detox the air you breathe at home absorbing not just CO2 but the dangerous chemicals that off-gas into the air we breathe, from furniture, carpets, paint etc … I was so SURPRISED I just have to share it with you! There is no need to buy expensive air purification appliances/systems. Everyone should know, my cynical side tells me that since there is no big profit in it, nobody is pushing the idea?? Well… lets just push that together!! Spread the word!!
The main culprits found are benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. Check out the facts from NASA on the link at the bottom of this article. I don’t see myself as the spreader of doom and gloom merely a friendly voice to highlight alternatives! Suffice to say, because these chemicals are present in many interiors off-gassing for many years, those of course which don’t use toxin-free products and furniture – the good news is that certain houseplants absorb high levels of each of the chemicals mentioned. So whilst you wait to replace anything you have with non-toxic alternatives, house plants can help a lot in the meantime….. Some plants have been found to reduce air pollution by 90% in 24 hours.
Whether your style is……..
Most plants on the list are tropical, used to living under a canopy of trees and therefore thrive on the light indoors. No green fingers required just regular watering and twice yearly organic fertiliser (can be liquid form) and you are done.
Based on the NASA research I have compiled this list for you:
my top 7 picks that absorb most of the baddies and are not poisonous if eaten…….
- Red edged Dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
2. Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
3. Cornstalk dracaena (Dracaena fragrans ‘Massabgeana’)
4. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
5. Dwarf date palm (Phoenix roebelenii)
6. Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’)
7. Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)
Other very common and easy to find but which are poisonous if eaten …
So you see there is no need to buy expensive air purifiers the main thing to remember is that you will need a 30cm/12″ plant for every 10m2/100sqft of living/working space and within 24 hours you are good to go!!!
The full list of plants and what they absorb from the NASA Clean Air Study is here
Have a great weekend – and happy plant buying! 😉