Ah, fresh air. We like to think of our homes as a haven from the world, but your indoor pollution may be worse than the outdoors. Homes, apartments, and offices often have unhealthy levels of toxins, caused in part by household products, building materials, electronic equipment, furniture, and even craft supplies. In addition, many buildings are closed up, without proper ventilation, which adds to the problem.
After NASA’s groundbreaking study (1989) on plants to determine their toxin-removing potential, additional research was done. The good news is that there are several indoor and outdoor plants that help restore pure air to the environment; some appear to remove just one toxin, others remove up to several.
We’ve selected five common indoor plants to highlight. NASA recommends one plant per 100 square feet. Yet at the end of this article we link a Ted Talk where a much greater number of plants are used in an office building in the heavily polluted area of Delhi, with excellent results.