Bring the garden indoors and use plants as decorative elements that harmonize with your home
By Fariha Rashed
he benefits of having plants in the house are well worth the effort (some would call it a labor-of-love) to nurture them along. Humans have walked the earth for tens of thousands of years and throughout this time plants have played a vital role in human lifestyle. In the modern world we increasingly spend more time indoors either at work or at home. The internal environment is virtually hermetically sealed and the materials used (carpets, paints etc) can produce harmful substances from a variety of sources and the airtight nature of modern homes and workplaces trap these toxins inside the building.
House plants not only convert carbon dioxide to oxygen but also trap and absorb many pollutants. Many of these chemical compounds are released into our air through a process called “off-gassing” and often come from everyday items present in our homes and office. NASA discovered over 300 organic compounds aboard the space shuttle and, in its endeavor to conquer space, began testing common house plants for their capacity to purify indoor air. Luckily for us it turns out that some of the best house plants for cleaning our air are also very easy to grow.
Top Ten indoor plants for cleaner, fresher air
Virtually all indoor plants have benefits but here are ten healthy interior plants rated for their environmental benefits (source: interpreted from NASA studies and NIGZ lists). These plants have been selected according to ease of growth and maintenance, resistance to pests, efficiency at removing chemical vapors, and transpiration rates.