Fight Pollution with Indoor Plants

Your home and office are breeding houses of pollution. You may not be aware of it. Outward cleanliness may fool you to believe that your home/office is perfectly clean and healthy place to work. There are many types of pollutants in your home/office environment . Indoor air pollution is a very real and dangerous thing because indoor air is far more concentrated with pollutants than outdoor air.  City people spend about 90% of their lives indoors. Polluted indoor air creates a dangerous situation for them. Following is a list of indoor pollutants:

  • Solvents and chemicals due to perfumes, hair sprays, furniture polish, glues, air fresheners, moth repellents, wood preservatives, and many other products used in the house. They cause damage to ear, nose and throat.
  • Tobacco smoke which is harmful for active as well as passive smokers. It is bad for eyes, ears, nose, lungs and throat.
  • Pesticides used within home/office premises can cause allergies and other physical disorders.
  • Biological pollutants such as pollen from plants, mite, hair from pets, fungi, parasites, and some bacteria. Most of them are allergens and can cause asthma, hay fever, and other allergic diseases.
  • Formaldehyde which is a gas that comes mainly from carpets, particle boards, and insulation foam. It causes irritation to the eyes and nose and may cause allergies in some people.
  •  Asbestos (used in roof material)  causes cancer.
  •  Radon which is a gas that is emitted naturally by the soil. Due to modern houses having poor ventilation, it is confined inside the house causing harm to the dwellers.

A very simple and natural way to fight indoor pollution is to place healthy indoor plants in your home/office. Following is a list of indoor plants that can be used. They are easy to maintain, inexpensive and help to fight indoor pollution.

  1. Snake Plant: Snake plants have also been shown to filter out nasty chemicals, like benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene, so you can breathe easy having this in your home. 
  2. Pothos: Pothos filters benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.
  3. Dracaena: It removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene.
  4. ZZ Plant: Low maintenance plant. Capable of removing significant amounts of xylene, toluene, benzene and ethylbenzene from the air.
  5. Spider Plant:  It is a strong air purifier, removing both formaldehyde and xylene. It is a pet friendly plant.
  6. Rubber Tree: It removes carbon dioxide from home/office. 
  7. Bird’s Nest Fern: It removes formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. It is a pet friendly plant.
  8. Peace Lily: It produces oxygen at night and also removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. 
  9. Philodendron Green: It removes formaldehyde and requires low maintenance.
  10. Aloe Vera:  it purifies air and removes formaldehyde. 

Please take care when selecting the above plants for your home/office if you have pets. Out of the above list, only 2 plants viz. Spider plant and Bird’s Nest Fern are pet friendly. (We do not recommend to plant Cactus for indoors as the thorns may harm you accidentally. Moreover the occult energies associated with Cactus requires certain caution in using Cactus as indoors plant.)

Besides fighting pollution, the indoor plants enhance the beauty of the place. Plants bring Nature indoors and are therefore very soothing for mental and emotional health too. You will always feel happier and calmer amidst green plants. This will directly raise your happiness quotient and increase productivity of employees. So visit your nearest plant nursery or directly order online on Amazon to buy your favorite indoor plants.

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