Statistically, U.S citizens spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. This is very bad news considering the high levels of air pollution inside our homes and offices. According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution is one of the five biggest environmental risks for our health.
One of the biggest causes for the high amount of air pollutants in indoor spaces is the lack of plants. Most of us have simply forgotten that our homes and offices need plants to purify the air. That’s why we will take this opportunity to remind you about the research conducted by Kamal Meattle, an Indian environmental activist, and a businessman.
After becoming allergic to air pollution in 1992, Kamal Meattle decided to carry out an investigation with the aim to find out whether there is an effective way to purify the air inside our homes and offices. His study has shown that three common houseplants have the ability to significantly improve the quality of the air indoors.
These are the oxygen bombs according to Mr. Meattle’s research:
– “The Bedroom Plant” or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue – Meattle recommends planting of 6-8 waist-high plants per person because it produces very high amounts of oxygen during the night.
– The “Living Room Plant” or Areca Palm – You should plant 4 shoulder-height plants per person because it produces a lot of oxygen during the day.
– “The specialist Plant” or Money Plant – This amazing plant filters the air from formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals.
In additions to these 3, recent studies have shown that there are another 5 plants that can effectively purify the air indoors. These plants are: English ivy, Asparagus fern, variegated wax plant, the Purple Heart plant, and the Purple waffle plant.
Here is a video that will give you some very interesting tips on how to grow these plants: