Interior Plants Cleanse the Air and Combat ‘Sick Building Syndrome’
Contemporary buildings are sealed tightly to increase HVAC efficiency. This results in sealed environments with unhealthy man-made articles such as paints, plastics, insulation, plywood, carpets, synthetic fabrics and detergents emit harmful pollutants. However, leafy green help is available.
NASA-funded studies directed by Dr. B.C. Wolverton, a 20-year veteran in horticultural research, proved that the plants commonly used in interior plantscaping cleanse the air of many harmful pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.
Material distributed by the Plants For Clean Air Council demonstrates that plants remove pollutants, but in varying quantities. Golden pothos, philodendron corn plants and bamboo palms are particularly effective in cleansing the air of formaldehyde. Spathiphyllum (peace lily) and dracena warneckei and dracena “Janet Craig” remove quantities of benzene, such as that from tobacco smoke. Marginata, warnecki and spathiphyllum work well in removing trichloroethylene.
The Plants For Clean Air Council recommends one potted plant for each 100 square feet of floor space.