We've blogged about this before, but thought it worth revisiting. According to researcher Kamal Meattle, an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air. See what they are after the jump ...
Seventeen years ago, Kamal Meattle discovered he had become allergic to the pollutants in the air in his home in Dehli, India. After some research, he found three plants that can provide a human with all the fresh air they need to be healthy:
- The Areca Palm (or Chrysalidocarpus lutescens) is does great air cleansing work during the day. About 4 shoulder height plants per person should do the trick.
- The Mother-in-law’s Tongue (or Sansevieria trifasciata) takes over by converting CO2 to O2 at night. You want about 6 to 8 of these waist high plants per person.
- The Money Plant (or Epipremnum aureum) does the job of filtering out removing Formaldehyde and other VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds).
Kamal has been testing his theory for the last 15 years at the Paharpur Business Centre in India by filling it with over 1,200 plants for 300 building occupants. And according to the Indian Government, it works! They have rated the building the healthiest building in Delhi, and studies have shown your body actually works better after 10 hours in the building.
See the video here.