WESTLAND, The Netherlands: There is renewed interest in incorporating green space and vegetation into the urban environment, not only because trees and plants improve a neigbourhood’s or living room’s aesthetic appeal, but also to filter the air. Many myths exist about air purifying houseplants. Basically each plant contributes to well-being and a healthier environment, but one air purifier performs better than the other.
Since the first research by NASA in 1989 about the air purifying function of plants, many other institutes and scientists, such as Professor Wolverton of the Plant & Environment Practical Research (PPPO), have carried out further research and continue to study air purifying plants and ‘Sick building syndrome’ (SBS).
Plants that have proven to be air purifying include Nephrolepis*, Chrysanthemum, potted Germini, Areca palms,* Dracaena marginata* and bicolor*, Ficus, Hedera*, Spathiphyllum*, Raphis and Schefflera. The *-marked plants are sold under the Air So Pure brand.
The purifying effect of plants and good ventilation provides a healthier home environment and better quality of indoor climate. This is important because the quality of indoor air, whether in the living room, office or classroom, is of great importance to our health and well-being.
Furniture, clothing, floor and wall coverings, paint, printers, etc. contain chemicals that are unhealthy. Since the original NASA findings many additional scientific and practical research has demonstrated that certain houseplants absorb harmful substances and simultaneously purifies the air. The air purifying function of plants provides neutralization of harmful gases by absorbing them and breaking them down. These plants also improve the humidity by regulative evaporation and clean the air by converting CO2 into oxygen.
Air So Pure-branded plants are grown by a group of 15 specialized growers from the Netherlands and divided into 10 types and numerous varieties, forms and pot sizes.