DETROIT, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- FlowerDeliveryExpress.com a leading online flower delivery company, says Earth Day, Monday, April 22 nd is a great reason to take advantage of the natural ability of plants to clean the environment. We tend to think of Earth Day as only pertaining to problems found in the outdoor environment. However, we have come to realize that indoor spaces can be toxic and dangerous to our health. Scientists have found that Mother Nature has the best cure for treating toxic environments.
A two-year study conducted by NASA scientists and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) researched about a dozen plants for their added health benefits. The results demonstrated that certain leafy greens can absorb hazardous contaminants and produce clean air. NASA interest in the air cleaning ability of plants was to find a way to provide cleaner air for astronauts living on the space station.
As a rule of thumb, allow one houseplant per 100 square feet of living area. The more vigorous the plant, the more air it can filter. However, plants have little ability to alleviate tobacco smoke or dust from the air.
Some of the most effective plants in removing Formaldehyde, Benzene and Carbon Monoxide from the air are:
- Bamboo Palm
- Chinese Evergreen
- English Ivy
- Gerbera Daisy
- Janet Craig
- Mother-in-Law's Tongue
- Peace Lily