Plants that remove toxins from your home

This article about plants focuses on those that are able to remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from your home and office, that may cause your health to decline. What are VOCs? I’ll let an expert explain:

“Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are the most important class of contaminants in the indoor environment. VOCs originate from both outdoor and indoor sources, and indoor levels can often be 10 times higher than outdoors. A wide range (254–900) of VOCs has been identified in the IA in addition to particulate matter and inorganic gases. Some indoor VOCs are toxic at high levels and some, like benzene and formaldehyde, have been shown to be carcinogenic. People are exposed to environmental formaldehyde from wood-based products, wall coverings, rubber, paint, adhesives, lubricants, cosmetics, electronic equipment, and combustion.”

source: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1352231011002263

So keep your home free from these items as often as possible and place the following plants wherever you have space, to be on the safe side. Just use the link or type the name into Google. BUT: I’d recommend using the link as you are led to the Ecosia search engine then, which plants trees with the money they generate while you browse the web.


Asparagus densiflorus

https://www.ecosia.org/search?q=asparagus+densiflorus&addon=opensearch


Crassula portulacea

https://www.ecosia.org/search?q=crassula+portulacea

In a paper I’ve read Liu et al. “[…] estimated that Crassula portulacea with a leaf area of 1 m² could completely remove benzene during 0.44 h exposure from a 25.5 m³ room contaminated with 150 ppb [parts per billion] benzene. More plants are recommended for better air quality.” Here we have it again: gather aaaall the plants you can for the best results. I love to remind myself and others of that fact when buying more and more plants 😉


Hedera helix

https://www.ecosia.org/search?q=hedera+helix


Hemigraphis alternata

https://www.ecosia.org/search?addon=opensearch&q=hemigraphis+alternata


Hoya camosa

https://www.ecosia.org/search?q=hoya+camosa&addon=opensearch


Tradescantia pallida

https://www.ecosia.org/search?q=tradescantia+pallida

The tradescantia pallida is the most beautiful plant of the mentioned ones for me. Look at that geometry and that colour!


The plant I’ve shown you here are recommended in a paper (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1385894713008474) about “Botanical biofiltration of indoor gaseous pollutants”

 

To come to a conclusion: not all volatile organic compound are toxic, plants also emit VOCs. But it is recommended to place as many plants as possible in your indoor areas to prevent the toxic ones from accumulating.

Have fun redesigning your home with these helpful beauties 🙂

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