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Bring the garden indoors and use plants as decorative elements that harmonize with your home By Fariha Rashed

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.


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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.


  • Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpuslutescens)
  • Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)
  • Philodendron
  • Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
  • Miniature Date Palm (Phoenix roebelinii)
  • Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)
  • Dracaena fragrans”Janet Craig”
  • Zamioculcas zamifolia
  • Ficus Alii
  • Boston fern (Nephrolepsis exaltata)



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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.

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