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|Posted on March 3, 2011 at 9:12 AM|
Top 10 Plants to Reduce Stress, and Eliminate Toxins
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors. With today’s modern, energy efficient office buildings, the sealed air inside can contain 10 times more pollution than the air outside due to toxic emissions from building constituents, airborne mold, viruses, and other pollutants.
Improved indoor air quality can directly contribute to good health, improved productivity and ability to sustain living a sustainable lifestyle. Some of the most common culprits are listed here...
• Carbon Monoxide
• Nitrogen Dioxide
• Respirable Particles
• Household Chemicals
• Dust Mites
A sustainable solution for improved indoor air quality is plants. Plants naturally clean your air of toxins and chemicals, reduce stress, and improve your overall well-being. They also increase eco awareness in your environment. In fact, NASA research has consistently shown that living, green and flowering plants can remove several toxic chemicals from the air in building interiors.
As a professional consultant, I suggest that one plant should be allowed for approximately 10 square yards of floor space, assuming average ceiling heights of 8 to 9 feet. This means that you need two or three plants to contribute to good air quality in the average domestic living room of about 20 to 25 square yards.
My sustainability consulting practice advises small businesses and individuals of the importance of managing indoor environment. Following are the best plants to reduce stress, fight colds, and reduce toxins in your environment.
Plants to Fight Stress
Plants to Fight Colds
Plants to Cut Toxins
The natural inborn ability of live plants to clean the air means that live plants are a sustainable solution for improved indoor air quality.