Pollutant-Fighting Houseplants


| 11/20/2007 10:33:57 AM


Tags: Indoor air pollution, Indoor air quality, IAP, Houseplants, Reducing indoor air pollution, Cleaning indoor air,

Photo of a houseplant in the public domainBefore sealing up your windows and barricading yourself indoors for the cold winter months, take a deep breath and think about what you’re inhaling. Cleaning products, pesticides, tobacco smoke, and asbestos are just a few of the ways that people pollute the air inside houses and apartments. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor environments are frequently more polluted than outside areas.

A lively way to combat all that indoor air pollution is by using houseplants to help absorb toxins. Organic Gardening magazine has a list of the top ten indoor plants that can freshen your air naturally. Placing a few of these plants in homes, offices, or schools can reduce pollution and respiratory ailments, and can help you breath easier.—Anna Cynar