Excerpt from “Green Home: 10 Steps” by Renée Loux, TV show host of “It’s Easy Being Green”
Purify Air with Houseplants!
Plants are not simply nice companions — they are exceedingly effective air purifiers! The EPA estimates indoor air to be 2 to 10 times more polluted than air outdoors . Building materials, furnishings, carpet backing, cleaning products, computer circuitry and printers more or less continuously release pollutants. While electing for non-toxic products is part of the solution, populating the house with plants is the best way to grow fresh air every day.
Measurable benefits of houseplants:
4 Produce fresh air and oxygen
4 Reduce carbon dioxide in air
4 Reduce and remove chemical vapors emitted from synthetic materials, like formaldehyde, benzene, and ammonia
4 Offer healthy, microbe-free humidity to dry indoor air
4 Reduce airborne bacteria, mold spores, and mildew
4 Foster a calm, peaceful environments, with measurable benefits including reduced stress [5, 6], more productivity in the workplace [7, 8], and quicker recovery time for hospital patients .
*See Renée’s latest book, The Balanced Plate, for a guide to the best air-purifying, super hero houseplants*