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Plants for better indoor air quality

June 21st, 2009

I just saw a very short but fascinating TED Talk by Kamal Meattle called How To Grow Fresh Air.

It describes the 3 plants you need to take with you when living in a sealed bottle (or any other environment where you’d like to improve the air quality) and what they do:

The Living Room Plant
Areca Palm (Chrysolidocarpus Lutescens)

  • Converts Carbon Dioxide to Oxygen
  • You need 4 shoulder height plants per person.
  • The leaves should be cleaned once per week
  • It should be taken outdoors every 3-4 months.

The Bedroom Plant
Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevierio Trifasciata)

  • 6-8 Waist High plants per person.
  • Converts co2 to o2 at night

The Specialist Plant
Money Plant (Epipremnum Aureum)

  • Removes formaldehydes and other toxins

I’ll need to dig a little more into this but it looks very interesting.

Posted by Colin