Earth Day is April 22nd and we are celebrating all month long by highlighting different ways to love our planet. Many of us take the air we breath for granted, unfortunately environmental factors and even our next door neighbors can affect how clean the air is around us. Indoor plants have health benefits you should not ignore. A Nasa study in 1989 showed several indoor plant species reduce harmful chemicals for cleaner indoor air. Additional studies show it’s a slow process, but every bit helps.
Indoor Plants Help Reduce These Common Chemicals
We are exposed to a wide variety of chemicals on a daily basis, but indoor plants have been shown to reduce levels of the following:
Benzene - Naturally occurring in volcanoes and forest fires, also a natural part of crude oil, gasoline and cigarette smoke. Benzene is sometimes used to make other chemicals, then used to make plastics, resins and nylon or synthetic fibers found in everyday products.
Formaldehyde - Common in building materials, furniture and paper products.
Toluene - Used in many industries and can be found in paints, dyes, solvents, fingernail polish and gasoline.
Carbon Monoxide - Gas stoves and heating systems release low levels of carbon monoxide. Check your carbon monoxide detector annually.
Easy Indoor Plants for Clean Air
Many plants are easy to care for, but research if they are suitable for where and how you live, because different species have different needs. Water, soil drainage and amount of sun are important considerations to keep your plants healthy. Also, ensure you are not bringing plants into the home that might be toxic for small children or animals. Do a little research up front and it will be enjoyable to watch your plants flourish as a fun family project. Shop our Garden Collection for these easy care, clean air, healthy indoor plants.
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