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Houseplants: More Useful Than Just Decor

They are decorative, green, and with some tender love and care, not only can they spruce up your space for a couple bucks, but they can also help reduce indoor air pollution. Yes, the award goes to houseplants. Many people mistake these simple plants for just easy decor, but recently researchers found out they are so much more useful. A sciencedaily.com article from November 5th, 2009, reveals how certain houseplants can help decrease indoor air pollution. Researchers found that often, indoor air can be as much as 12 more contaminated with particulates than outdoor air. This is a scary finding, since people often about 90% of their time indoors. The cause for this surprising statistic has to do with house construction: many varnishes, paints, furniture, and building materials emanate harmful pollutants that contribute to respiratory illness.

Fortunately, there is no need to throw away your furniture and move into a tent. Purchasing certain types of house plants can significantly reduce the amount of air pollution in your home or even office. The study concluded that plants such as the Purple Waffle plant, English ivy, Variegated wax plant, and Asparagus fern had the highest removal rate of household pollutants. Researchers said that simply introducing these plants to your home can dramatically decrease the amount of air pollution present.

This new study is encouraging because it offers solutions that the public can do in their own homes, and very easily. Many people already have houseplants at their disposal, and if not, they are something one can buy without breaking the bank. Who knew this previously trivial greenery could clean up the air?


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