Indoor Air Cleaning Plants

It's well-known that the trees outside our homes are like the lungs of the earth, cleaning up the carbon dioxide that we create and producing oxygen, but  NASA research has now also highlighted the crucial role of indoor plants in cleaning the air of our homes. While it is realised that the pollution of our flats, apartments and houses is more serious for our health than the poloution from our cities, the solution comes once again from plants.

Contrary to generally accepted ideas, air pollution is more important indoors than outdoors. In the bedroom, the bathroom or the kitchen the air which one breathes is more dangerous for our health than in an enclosed street. Many invisible substances are responsible for this little-known pollution: detergents,  adhesives, perfumes, home maintenance products, waxes and cigarette smoke to which are added the volatile components issued by the materials in compresed wooden furniture, and office accessories like ink and plastics.

In order to purify the air that we breathe and to take action to preserve our health, it is essential to begin changing our habits from today. The daily ventilation of every room and the use of natural maintainance products are essential steps for the cleanup of our ambient air. But in this quest for clean air, indoor plants prove indispensable allies, which absorb chemical components and improve the humidity levels. Many scientific studies,based on the NASA research, prove that many plants have cleansing and depollution powers.


How can indoor plants clean the air?

By the mechanism of photosynthesis, a plant absorbs carbon dioxide and expels oxygen. This first stage plays a large role in the beneficial presence of plants, even in rooms indoors. Leaves, roots and microorganisms present in the earth absorb solvents and polluting substances. In return, the plant emits water vapour and improves the  air quality.

If the thought of the state of air which we breathe is worrying, as well as that of the state of our food, nature offers simple solutions to help us to limit our interior pollution. Decorative and comforting, indoor plants are also beneficial to our health. A good reason to bring their nature into the office as well as in the home.

Paricularly favoured varieties are:
  • Madagascar Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginita)
  • Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
  • Weeping Fig Tree (Ficus benjamina)
  • Silver Vine (Pothos)
  • Flamingo Flower (Anthurium)
  • Sword Fern or Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
  • Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema)
  • Palm Trees (Arecales)
Based on a report by Deyrolle

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