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Plants That Clean Toxins From The Air (NASA)
01-07-2013, 06:50 PM #1
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Quote:Each plant type was placed in sealed, Plexiglas chambers in which chemicals were injected. Philodendron, spider plant and the golden pothos were labeled the most effective in removing formaldehyde molecules. Flowering plants such as gerbera daisy and chrysanthemums were rated superior in removing benzene from the chamber atmosphere. Other good performers are Dracaena Massangeana, Spathiphyllum, and Golden Pothos. “Plants take substances out of the air through the tiny openings in their leaves,” Wolverton said. “But research in our laboratories has determined that plant leaves, roots and soil bacteria are all important in removing trace levels of toxic vapors”.


I stumbled upon this interesting article and thought I'd post it for those that are interested. BTW, spider plants are so easy to look after.
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01-07-2013, 06:57 PM #2
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Great info, I have known about this for years. In Florida, it's not uncommon to see these plants in auto shops. Those guys breath in petroleum products all day long, it's common practice for them to attempt to mitigate some of the effects with plants.
01-07-2013, 06:59 PM #3
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yup.gif I've seen that as well AK, used to live there myself.


01-07-2013, 07:05 PM #4
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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The politically incorrect 'Mother-in-law's tongue', better known as Snake Plant is also very easy to care for.

Did you know that overwatering kills more plants than neglect? LOL
01-07-2013, 07:25 PM #5
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We have a huge MIL tongue. It speaks only Svenska.... constantly. chuckle.gif


01-07-2013, 07:55 PM #6
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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wtf2.gif 13.gif

Mother-in-law tongue...snake plant.
01-07-2013, 08:02 PM #7
Octo Mother Superior
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My mom told me about plants air cleaning properties when I was a kid. damned.gif
01-07-2013, 08:21 PM #8
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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I suppose we all knew this fact, but I didn't know which toxins some plants actually removed from the air, nor did I know which species did it more efficiently than the rest.

http://oecotextiles.wordpress.com/2011/0...r-fabrics/ - So, don't iron your no-iron shirt.

I don't even want to know what other toxins are being released from rugs and furniture.
01-07-2013, 10:16 PM #9
yankees skier
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I'm sure Monsanto will end this.




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