We Need More Plants In Our Buildings

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One of the items on my “Christmas Wish List” last year was an indoor plant, or some kind of hearty plant that could survive on little to no care (just not a cactus). My brother delivered with a big potted “Mother In Law’s Tongue”, along with a printout on NASA’s Clean Air Study, and a link to a TED Talk on growing clean air.

That’s just how we Escobar’s roll.

The plant is great. I only have to water it once every two weeks (which even I can manage), it’s well known for filtering contaminants in the air, and is a “bedroom plant”, doing most of its good work overnight.

I’ve done a little reading in ensuing weeks and have come to the conclusion that we need more plants in our buildings (home, office, gym, everywhere). It’s not groundbreaking information or anything, but at least in my case, it was something that I’d overlooked.

As usual it’s common sense, but not necessarily common practice.

As such, I’ve become a bit of a plant activist. I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that they need to get a plant in their office, at home, or wherever and in some cases going as far as sending them a link to the NASA Clean Air Study and/or TED Talk!

And that brings us to the inevitable conclusion of this post where I share those resources with anyone who comes across this blog. Below are two links with information on the NASA Clean Air Study, the plants involved, the contaminants they remove from the air, and a quick TED Talk on manufacturing clean air. Enjoy!

NASA Clean Air Study – Wikipedia

This page is perhaps the best at presenting the information from the study in a conscise manner. It provides a table that lists plants and the types of contaminants/chemicals they remove from the air. Click for article. 

NASA Study House Plants Clean Air – Zone 10

This article gives more background on the study itself, it’s purpose and some of the side effects of being exposed to pollutants in an indoor environment. Click for article. 

And last, here’s the TED Talk: How to Grow Fresh Air

From the site: “Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.”


Photo credit: “Leaf 1 web” by Jon Sullivan – PdPhoto. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons


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