(Infographic courtesy of Love The Garden.)
The National Aeronautics and Space Association (NASA) is regarded as the authority on space-age technology and extra-terrestial lifeforms, so it’s somewhat surprising to see that it recently released a study on how various species of our local flora can help to clean up the pollutants in our indoor air quality.
NASA teamed up with the Associated Contractors of America (ALCA) to study how plants affect air quality and found out that some plants, in particular, actually helped to reduce various toxic elements in the air. The study listed the various harmful chemicals that are commonly found in the air: Trichloroethylene, Formaldehyde, Benzene, Xylene and Ammonia as well as the ways these toxicants are released into our air.
NASA recommends having one plant per 100sqf of space in the house in order to ensure that the plants can be effective in removing the toxic elements. This is good news for plant lovers and those who need the perfect excuse to fill their living and bedrooms with plenty of lush greenery. Check out the list below to find out which are the best-performing plants and the types of chemicals they can remove.
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