Though they are most famous for their beautifully contrasting textures, bold shapes and exotic colors, tropical houseplants also fulfill a much needed function in modern homes— They produce fresh oxygen indoors and actually scrub the indoor air of any toxic dust and chemicals. And they do all this 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most people spend 90 percent of their time indoors. Studies from the EPA have found levels of indoor air pollution can be from two to five times higher, and in some cases even 10 times more polluted than the outdoor air.
What kinds of toxins? Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are released by ordinary household products such as paints, carpets and ink. Not to mention the stuffiness caused by all the carbon dioxide produced by our own normal breathing in a closed space.
But houseplants absorb up to 87 percent of these pollutants and, unlike our housemates and family members, plants actually love our morning breath. And in exchange they give to us pure, cool, fresh oxygen. Houseplants and human beings really are a match made in heaven. Maybe that's why we started out in a garden.
In any case, that is why adding an array of live houseplants to your home or workplace provides real health benefits for humans and pets.
Many houseplants thrive with very little care compared with the benefits they provide. Some of the best houseplants for absorbing airborne toxins are also the easiest to grow. They include cast Iron plants (Aspidistra), spider plants, peace lilies, calatheas, Chinese evergreen (pictured above), dracaenas, philodendrons, columnea and pothos.
Come visit us here at Roosevelt’s Terrariums to learn more, and we will help you pick out some real "air purifiers" for your home and workplace. What's more, we will help you be successful in keeping them happy and healthy.