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Improve your indoor air quality at work and home: Go Green!

March 17th, 2017 · No Comments

Go Green with office plants. They’ve been proven to reduce indoor air pollution. They work for free, 24/7 to purify the air of VOCs.

The word is PHYTOREMEDIATION, the use of plants to reduce pollution in the air, soil or water. Remember learning in science class how plants live? Plants use photosynthesis to turn light energy and carbon dioxide into chemical energy to grow. In the late 1980s NASA experimented with plants as a possible way to purify air in space facilities. Their studies showed that plants absorb a long list of VOCs, including the two most common, benzene and formaldehyde. Many plastics, fabrics and pesticides commonly release benzene. Formaldehyde another common VOC is found in common household cleaners, detergents and some cosmetics.

Many different universities’ have researched and confirmed that indeed, indoor plants reduce air pollutants. So how exactly do plants clean the air? Plants are alive and ‘breathe’ through the pores in their leaves. They absorb the gases in the surrounding polluted air and release oxygen, filtering out the air pollution.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa did a study to find the best office plant and named the Spider Plant #1. Spider plants are highly effective in cleaning the air by removing VOCs and other indoor air pollutants. The plant is low-maintenance, grows well in indoor light and is perfect for hanging baskets or high shelves. It was also noted in the study that air-cleansing plants boost relative humidity and reduce dust in work areas.

Lemon Balm, Philodendron, Peace Lily and Golden Pothos round out the top 5 office plant picks. Check out for more information about these recommended office plants and their benefits to IAQ.

Consider unplugging the humming air purifier in the corner of the office and adding an indoor plant to remove harmful air pollutants. An indoor plant is sure to work quietly, 24/7 purifying the air.

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