Combat Indoor Air Pollution with Plants

Pollution has been one of the most debated and discussed problems due to the fact that it spreads like wildfire all across the globe. From underdeveloped and third-world countries and even to the countries and places with the most advanced technologies and developed industries, pollution is a great threat to humanity and the environment.

Pollution is an environmental problem that affects almost every living thing and can result to bigger challenges such as climate change, global warming, ozone depletion, ecological imbalance and a lot more that has negative effects on the environment. Two most significant types of pollution would be air and water pollution.

It is said that air pollution was once an outdoor problem but recent studies show that indoor air quality is slowly degrading due to the fact that pollutants are spreading even inside the comfort of our own homes.

Harmful pollutants are spewing everywhere, including indoors. And while the focus is on those external emissions created by power plants, industrial facilities and automobiles, there is solid reason to turn inward: The level of volatile organic compounds — gases from solids and liquids — is 10 times greater indoors than it is outdoors.

That’s according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which adds that dirty air, generally, inside of commercial and residential buildings is two-to-five times greater than what is outside. And that is leading to health problems. In extreme cases, think of burning coal or wood for indoor cooking and heating in developing countries. The good news is that the technologies exist to monitor air quality and to improve energy efficiencies.

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Schools, offices and other establishments that are exposed to open places where polluted air is present, such as streets, highways, factories, and dumpsites are more likely to experience indoor air pollution than those whose surroundings generate fresh air.

The ones who are greatly affected by this are those who stay within the vicinity for long periods of time, for they are exposed to polluted air even inside the establishment.

Using aerosol sprays and other disinfectants may help clean the air inside our homes, offices or rooms, but using it may have negative effects in our environment. Aerosol sprays may contribute to the continuous depletion of our ozone layer, which may lead to worse problems such as greenhouse effect or excessive exposure to UV rays.

There are, however, alternatives to using aerosol sprays. Electric air purifiers may be used but there is an even cheaper method to use – plants!

Indoor plants are more than just adding greenery to your home. The help in purifying air in your home. Poor air quality can have both long and short-term effects like respiratory and heart disease, headache, fatigue, eye and throat problems. Hence, instead of taking risk, why not apply a simple way and opt to keep air-purifying plants at your home.

An easy solution for improving indoor air quality are plants — these are inexpensive and very effective. Hence, on this World Environment Day, which will be observed on June 5, let’s a take a look at five indoor plants to bring that freshness to your home.

  • Chrysanthemum
  • Spider plant
  • Weeping fig
  • Peace Lily
  • Aloe Vera

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We all want to live in a home wherein the air we breathe is clean and fresh, but we must not in any way compromise the environment in the hopes of saving ourselves alone. True enough, some methods may guarantee us a safe and healthy home for the time being, but in the long run, as the environment continues to degrade, what good is a healthy home when the moment we step out of it, the world outside is slowly crashing down?

There are numerous ways on how we can keep the air indoors clean without sacrificing the environment. We just have to be keen enough and weigh the pros and cons of our actions before actually carrying it out.

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