Plants that clean the air in your home, improve your sleep and your health.
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A combination of the plant, the roots and the micro-organisms in the soil all play an important part in reducing volatile organic compounds, CO2 and CO from the air. The most well known study was carried out by NASA in 1989. They analysed 19 plants for their ability to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as Benzene, Formaldyhyde, Toluene, xylene, trichloroethylene and ammonia in an enclosed area.
All plants removed formaldehyde from the air and many plants removed most VOCs. Four plants removed all VOCs from the air - the Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum ), Parlour Palm (Chamodorea elegans), Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa) and the good old Chrysamthemum.
Another variable they looked at was the ideal number of plants for air purification which was calculated at 1 plant per 9.3 cubic metres. A recent Australian study calculated that 5 plants in a room makes the air 75% cleaner, and 10 is optimal for maximum health and wellness. We’re a little biased, but we think the more plants the better!
Philodendron hederaceum Brasil
This glossy indoor climber with lush green and variegated yellow arrow-shaped leaves will add a tropical feel to your garden, balcony or courtyard.
Sansevieria trifasciata Laurentii
Has as been recommended by NASA as one of the best plants for improving indoor air quality by absorbing toxins.
Kalanchoe thyrsiflora Flapjack
Kalanchoe thyrsiflora Flapjack is often grown as an indoor plant. With its large, red-rimmed leaves, it is a stunner.
Living a healthy life When researching the potential of life — or at least a space station — on Mars, NASA looked seriously at the possibility of using plants as natural air-con units. Already known for absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen — nicely complementing humans, which do the opposite — a number of indoor plants also proved useful in removing toxic chemicals from the air, including known carcinogens benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. You may ask why anyone would have those nasties indoors. Unfortunately, many of these chemicals can be found in tobacco smoke, car exhausts and other fumes that form urban smog, as well as compounds emitted from new carpets, furniture, paint, household cleaners, and also from cooking and gas heaters. The combined effect became known in the 1990s as sick building syndrome. A CSIRO study into indoor air quality found that an attached garage with internal linking door posed a greater risk of pollution than living on a main road. As well as cleaning the air, a lot of research shows that plants actually make people feel better. To see plants that will purify your air click here
Bringing the outside inside
Did you know that 5 plants in a room can make the air 75% cleaner? And that 10 is optimal for maximum health and wellness? For maximum and health and wellness out of your air purifying plants, download our Care Guide for tips on the ideal growing conditions.