Today we have a quiz for you. What do you think is more polluted? Indoor or outdoor air?
If you said outdoor, well unfortunately various studies showed that you are wrong. In fact,
air in our offices and houses is usually far more polluted than outside.
Here comes the second quiz of the day: are trees good only for producing oxygen or are
they helpful also in another way? In this case, the answer is a bit more evident. Yes, trees
do have other functions. Some of them for instance can help cleaning the air, filtering out
common volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Now, that we are aware of that, let’s discover together some of the plants that can help
improving indoor air quality.
We probably all know that the gel inside this plant can help heal cuts and burns. What
many of us don’t know is that it helps clear formaldehyde and benzene from indoor air.
Spider plant, otherwise known as Chlorophytum comosum, has no relation with
Spiderman. Maybe the only similarity with the hero is that they are both very resilient. If
your thumb is not really green, this is your plant. In fact, they are easy to grow and difficult
to kill. They battle benzene, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide among other substances.
Mammy – as I call it – was found by NASA and is considered a great air-purifier. These
plants can remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from indoor air but they
can also survive outdoors. It is quite popular as a plant, maybe also for its small price.
Let’s admit it, we all thought that Eucalyptus existed only to feed koalas, but the scent of
this plant is good for congestion problems and colds.
This plant is worth being mentioned even only for its unofficial name, that is to say mother-
in-law’s tongue. The botanic name is a bit more complicated: Sansevieria trifasciata
‘Laurentii’. It is one of the most efficient plants against formaldehyde. It resists to humidity,
so you can buy one for improving the quality of your bathroom air.
Once again, we have seen that a tree always hides some great surprise. Here at Urnabios
we do believe they can also hide a double life. Because there is life after death.