Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Creating Good Air

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Spider plants are good for people with allergies. They clear the air

How to Create Good Air Around Us

We can actually help the air around us to be of much better quality. This is by utilizing indoor plants in our environment.


Many plants that can be grown indoors actually clear and clean the air around us. The microbes around the roots of the plant eat up the chemicals in the air. Plants put out oxygen. They take in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. This is why forests are so refreshing. The air is more oxygenated. We always say the air is so fresh. Well this is why. We breathe in oxygen in the air and breathe out carbon dioxide.

We can create our own little forest indoors

Scientist have done a wonderful job at deciphering the role of indoor plants. They first worked this out at NASA where they were trying to determine the air quality for astronauts. Bill Wolverton became fascinated with this and worked on a list of many plants that would improve our air quality. 

Plants for good air quality

Among these was the Spider plant. Now this plant is familiar to us. It is hardy and happily grows almost anywhere. It is a great plant to have around your computer area or office to gobble up all the chemicals put out by printers and photocopiers. It is also a hardy and attractive plant for the home. It is very attractive in a hanging pot where its leaves and baby plants can hang down. One of my all time favourites.

The Snake plant and Golden pothos are recommended plants to use.

Sick Building Syndrome

Familiar objects around us can be emitting chemicals in the air. You will be shocked to know that facial tissues, paper towel, carpets, gas stoves and the upholstery of your lounge suite all give off formaldehyde.

Symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome are burning eyes and respiratiory problems.

Photocopiers give off xylene and toluene, benzene, TCE and ammonia. Cosmetics contain alcohols and acetone and paints for the walls of your home give off formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, benzene and alcohols.

What a creepy concoction of chemicals is in the air we breathe.

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