You may have already been aware that plants are one of nature’s best filters. Within the last few months, we have highlighted several plants that act as natural water purifiers. Oregano kills bacteria and viruses in water, as one high school student recently discovered through a science project. In addition, Moringa tree seeds kill bacteria, and may be used to provide clean water to people in developing nations in the future.
Plants are also some of nature’s best air purifiers. Though it has long been known that plants are able to take in carbon dioxide, researchers recently reported that plants clean air pollution even better than previously expected. Some plants excel at taking in chemicals known as oxygenated volatile organic compounds (oVOC’s), which form in the atmosphere from hydrocarbons and other chemicals from sources such as cars, construction, and ironically – plants. These chemicals have a negative long-term health impact on humans and their environment.
For better indoor air quality, you may want to keep several house plants around. These require extra responsibility, however, so if you’re looking for a lower-maintenance solution to your respiratory ailments, or if you want to improve on the performance of your plants, you may want to consider one of our many air purifiers. If you visit our website and the selection is too much to bear (we know – it’s pretty extensive), then look out for our buyer’s guide on air purifiers to be released in the near future.