| Did you know that some indoor plants contain significant purification properties? While the benefits of indoor plants may feel intuitive (read: biophilia), retired NASA scientist B.C. Wolverton actually proved their air-purifying capabilities! Wolverton published multiple studies and books on his experimentation of houseplants for improved indoor air quality. The results show that “plants can play a major role in removal of organic chemicals from indoor air” (1989), and that “both plant leaves and soil microorganisms are involved in removing these chemicals from sealed chambers” (1993).|
The Red Canyon Operations Team has gained quite a collection of houseplants over the years, both in the office and in our homes! With the increased time spent indoors, consider filling your space with greenery for cleaner, fresher air. A few plants that NASA and Wolverton studied include golden pothos, peace lily, snake plant, rubber plant, and butterfly palm – among many others. For more resources and a full list of plants, check out the links below!
A Study of Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement
Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement
Plants and Soil Microorganisms: Removal of Formaldehyde, Xylene, and Ammonia from the Indoor Environment
Wolverton Environmental Services (WES)