Plants ... they make our lives more livable. Literally. According to a TED 2009 conference speaker, Kamal Meattle, their ability to clear airborne toxins (such as VOCs) and boost oxogen levels are profound. And they can have a huge impact on indoor air—often much more polluted than the air outdoors. Meattle performed an experiment at the Paharpur Business Centre and Software Technology Incubator Park in New Delhi, India, using approximately four detoxifying plants, such as mother-in-law tongue and areca palm, per person in the office space. Eye irritation dropped by 52 percent, headaches by 24 percent, and asthma by 9 percent. As a result, sick days decreased and productivity went up.
I'm off to buy a few more plants for my office! Learn more about how to make indoor air healthier.