Thursday, August 30, 2007

Plants in the Office

Indoor air quality is frequently much worse than outdoor air quality. That's why you need lots of plants in your office space, which can contain traces of acetone, ammonia, benzene, and formaldehyde.

Students at Chichester College rated a number of plants according to their effectiveness in removing toxins. . Their findings are below:

The students rated the most effective plants and the ubiquitous Areca Palm came first for removing ammonia, and formaldehyde (found in many cleaning products) from the air and releasing moisture into the air. Next was the Peace Lily which removes acetone, then the Rubber Plant, then Ficus Benjamina (weeping fig) then the dracena. Number 6 is english ivy that eliminates mould causing asthma, boston ferns are highly rated for improving air quality, then the spider plant ( is there any
office that doesn't have at least one of those) and lastly the moth orchid (phalaenopsis).

Hm. I don't seem to have any of these (or I've killed the ones that I've had), but I see that my pothos scores well too. It looks like philodendrons do too.

Via Treehugger