Did you know the air inside the home can be up to 5x more polluted than the air outside, with toxins coming off every day items like paint, cleaning products and scented candles. Luckily there are a number of everyday houseplants that have been scientifically proven to help scrub the air of these harmful toxins.
The Science-y Bit
In 1989, NASA conducted The Clean Air Study in association with the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA), to research ways to clean the air in for the astronauts living in the International Space Station. They found that in addition to absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen through photosynthesis, certain common indoor plants provide a natural way of removing volatile organic pollutants found in the air.
Working with the lead botanist at Oxford University, Chris Thorogood, we’ve reimagined this data to create something entirely new. Introducing the Pollutant Absorption System - a simple and intuitive design that breaks down all of the complex science into an easy-to-understand key that categorises everyday houseplants in order of their pollution absorbing properties.
How The System Works
The Pollutant Absorption System displays the 5 main toxins that are found in the air in our homes - Ammonia (Am), Xylene (Xy), Benzene (Bz), Formaldehyde (Fh) and Trichlorethylene (Tr) - and the everyday items that emit them. If the Hexagon is filled it indicates that the plant has the power to help remove it from the air. The system can be displayed on a simple ‘push in’ tag planted into the soil, stickers applied to the back of pots or alternatively, integrated within existing designs.
The Pollutant Absorption System is a free to use tool and we welcome other plant retailers and nurseries to start adopting the system at www.PollutantAbsorptionSystem.com