Suffer from Asthma or other allergies? Plants can help!
New studies generated by NASA have proven that having indoor plants in your work or living space can dramatically improve indoor air quality. As indoor pollutants continue to rise due to our diminishing forests around the globe and air pollution due to industrialization, it is essential that we accommodate to times of change. In order to combat a condition known as “Sick Building Syndrome,” NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) joined together in a two year study that has shown that certain plants are essential in cleaning an enclosed space of pollutants.
The Environmental Protection agency believes that chemicals emitted from air fresheners, furniture, and other building materials can make indoor air extremely toxic. Former NASA research scientist, B.C. Wolverton, PhD says “Houseplants give off oxygen and help remove chemicals like formaldehyde, a common indoor vapor that can cause respiratory and neurological problems, as well as cancer.” With information like that, one would certainly want to bring more greenery into their lifestyle.
Two plants, Spider Plant, and Pothos were proven to be the most successful in ridding areas of formaldehyde, a chemical that is used in flooring, walls, and furniture. Look around you, it’s there! But don’t fear, there are natural ways to help alleviate these chemicals If you live in a house, or own an office space, formaldehyde is a difficult substance to avoid—without explanation. It is suggested that these air purifying beauties are placed at the entry-way of your house, where outside pollutants (such as car exhaust) can possibly sneak in. These plants are easily purchased, and basically work by themselves. With a bit of care for them, they will take care of you!
If you have a well-lit space, you could go the extra mile and add a bit of color to your foliage arrangement. Try Chrysanthemums and Gerbera Daisies. These two beauties have also been proven by NASA and the ALCA (Associated Landscape Contractors of America) to rid the air of Benzene, a chemical found in coal, tar and petroleum. Easily planted in a pot or in an outdoor bed, the colors will not only brighten your day but positively contribute to your health!
Want more pretty plants in your life? Bamboo palms are also a great addition to the corner of your house or apartment if you are looking for something to really make the room pop! Not only that, they are incredibly low maintenance. Make sure that it is watered when the soil feels dry and provide your new friend with a medium amount of sunlight. Bamboo Palms clear the air of formaldehyde and only need 3-4 hours of in-direct sunlight every day!
If you’re looking to keep your family, your employees, and clients safe, air purifying plants are an essential asset. You may think that an air purifier will do the trick, but some have actually shown to increase contaminates in an enclosed space. For a happy and healthy family, a productive team of employees and a beautiful environment, order above and we will have the plants of your choice delivered right to your door!
written by: Sarah Whatley