According to news from the Environmental Protection Agency, we spend 90% of our time indoors - unfortunately, inside air is not necessarily good for us; “the air inside office buildings, schools, and apartment complexes can contain 10 times more pollution than outdoor air. This is a consequence of toxic emissions from building materials, airborne mold, viruses, and various pollutants” (Mind Body Green). A study from NASA luckily confirmed that, “common houseplants..not only make indoor spaces more attractive, they also help to purify the air”; (Clean Air Gardening). Skip the electric air purifiers for aesthetically friendly decor and invest in houseplants. Enjoy the below curated list of NASA approved friendly green guests.
1) Snake plant
This NASA approved plant, “is one of the most recommended plants for improving air quality. The optimal place to keep this relatively inexpensive and low-maintenance plant is the bedroom, because it converts CO2 into oxygen at night. While most plants take away oxygen at night, this one gives off oxygen at night” (Life Hacker).
Shop + Get it Delivered: Snake Plant | $29.07
2) Chinese Evergreen
Chinese Evergreens emit, “high oxygen content, and purify indoor air by removing chemicals, such as formaldahyde, benzene or other toxins” (Sustainable Baby Steps).
Shop + Get it Delivered: Chinese Evergreen | $14.99
3) Peace Lily Plant
Peace Lily Plants not only grow a beautiful white flower amongst a grouping of gorgeous green leaves, but they are also “known for removing benzene, a common household chemical and known carcinogen. It's also said to remove mold spores in the air, making it great for bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms; purifying the air of trichloroethylene, a chemical found in cleaners and solvents; and removing alcohols, acetone, and formaldehyde” (Sustainable Baby Steps).
Shop + Get it Delivered: Peace Lily Plant | $9.20
4) Bamboo Palm
Add a little green to your room; “according to NASA, it removes formaldahyde and is also said to act as a natural humidifier" (Sustainable Baby Steps)
Shop + Get it Delivered: Bamboo Palm | $39.06
5) Boston Fern
Boston Ferns are, "said to act as a natural air humidifier, [they remove] formaldahyde and [are] said to be among the best in air purifying houseplants" (Sustainable Baby Steps).
Shop + Get it Delivered: Boston Fern | $27.86
Known for ridding of carbon monoxide, “NASA places this plant among the top 3 types of houseplants - [it also] great for removing formaldhyde" (Sustainable Baby Steps)
Shop + Get it Delivered: Pothos | $17.95