The Truth About Air Filtering Houseplants
No question is more frequently asked than the one air filtering. Rightfully so, we all want our homes to be clean and safe. Which is why many people who step into our shop inquire about which plants do it best.
While there are a few plants that outshine the others, the truth is, all plants have the ability to detoxify the air, and the most effective way to clean the air is through quantity, not quality. Put simply: the more plants you have, the more toxins will be filtered out.
However, in response to the rise of “sick building syndrome”, NASA commissioned a study to determine how well certain plants filter out various chemicals. Particularly dangerous and cancer-causing toxins, such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. The results provided a short list of plants that have the official stamp of approval from NASA:
While these plants may have a leg up on some other plants, the truth is, focusing on collecting a high quantity of plants that are a good fit for you will provide more sustainable results than hand picking ones from the list. When you choose plants that match your unique care style and home environment, they will be able thrive more naturally, and you will be able to receive prolonged benefits.
Curious about which plants fit your home environment and care style?