Indoor plants are pretty awesome. They boost our productivity, reduce stress and fatigue, add life to otherwise bland living spaces, reduce noise level and even improve the air quality in our homes. While everyone should know that plants turn carbon dioxide into oxygen during the process of photosynthesis, you may not be aware that they also have the ability to filter dust particles and harmful toxins out of the air we breathe. If you want to naturally improve the air quality in your home, stimulate your mental health and add pretty decor, a houseplant is your new best friend!
In 1989, NASA published a study on Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement. While this may sound complicated and out of this world, the inspiration for this study was actually quite simple. In the 1970s, new buildings were designed to improve energy efficiency by being better insulated which in turn led to reduced fresh air exchange. Less airflow in these buildings also meant higher levels of toxins in the air. Since it had become apparent that indoor air pollution can be a threat to human health, NASA conducted greenhouse tests in which they researched if indoor plants could filter common chemicals out of the air. The results showed that certain plants can reduce the amount of several volatile organic compounds and are therefore great additions to indoor spaces with little airflow.