Indoor air quality is a major cause of illness for Americans. Tightly sealed buildings conserve energy but concentrate contaminants from paint, carpets, and other building materials, causing a new malady known as sick building syndrome. Lets look at carpeting. Carpeting contains dyes, stain-guard, moth-proofing, dust mites, heavy metals, pesticides, molds, toxic chemicals and volatile organic compounds from other sources that collect in the carpeting and evaporate into the air that we breathe. These chemicals can off-gas for weeks after installation, in some cases for years.
Some of these chemicals include: Formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, styrene, methacrylate, ethylbenzene, and hexamethylene triamine are just few of the chemicals given off by vacuuming, and shampooing can sometimes worsen conditions. The rate of new chemicals being introduced into the environment far exceeds the evolutionary process allowing humans and wildlife to successfully adapt. Toxic, allergenic, and carcinogenic materials used in construction and furniture also pose major health risks.
Plants have long been admired for their beauty and psychological uplift, but their proven capacity to purify indoor air makes them an essential addition to any indoor environment. Fifty household plants have been found to remove a variety of toxic gases from sealed test chambers. Formaldehyde, being the most commonly found toxin in indoor air, was used as the standard for rating the plants. Ten of the most efficient toxin-eating plants are the Boston fern, gerbera daisy, dwarf date palm, bamboo palm, rubber plant, English ivy, weeping fig, peace lily, areca palm and schefflera. Plants are the lungs of the Earth: they produce the oxygen that makes life possible, add precious moisture, and filter toxins. Purchase some plants for your house today for a cleaner environment in your home.