The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors. The problem with this is that pollutant levels can be two to five times higher indoors than outside.
One way to counter these irritating and sometimes harmful contaminants is by installing an air purifier. While these machines can be highly effective, they can also be pricey and challenging to maintain.
A (literally) greener alternative is to use plants. And fortunately, you can find an inexpensive set of plants for this purpose available right now on Amazon.com.
For $29, get a four-pack of plants sent to your home. The plants range from 10 to 15 inches tall and can include any of the following plant types:
- Devil’s ivy
- Parlor palm
- Peace lily
- Snake plant
Although you don’t get to choose which four you receive, this could be a nice little houseplant surprise for yourself or a thoughtful, health-giving gift for someone you care about.
The “O2 For You Live House Plant Collection” comes from one of the world’s largest horticultural growers, Costa Farms. You might find it surprising that you can get plants through Amazon, but it’s true!
Leafy, green plants are nature’s air purifiers. Some common houseplants do an especially thorough job of cleaning the air. For instance, research has shown that plants such as Dracaena, Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata fern) and English ivy effectively remove chemical vapors while resisting insect infestation. Additionally, these plants are easy to grow and maintain.
Research scientist Dr. Bill Wolverton, who conducted a renowned plant study for NASA in 1989, recommends at least two good-sized plants per 100 square feet of space within a home. He also says the more you can maintain, the better.
All the plants available in the Amazon package were included in the NASA study by Dr. Wolverton.
Nevertheless, loading your house or apartment with the right houseplants can quickly become expensive. So, if you’re looking for some, ask friends for cuttings of their plants to grow your own. Or check resources like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist for people selling inexpensive plants.
With a bit of research, you can outfit your living space with attractive, natural decorations that also help create clean air. Talk about a win-win!
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