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Air purifying plants: facts and myths

The interest in greening and sustainability of our society is increasing structurally. Consequently, the interest in a cleaner and purer air and the role that different house-plants can play. Unfortunately, there are also many myths about the air purifying function of plants. Each plant is more or less good for the environment and welfare; however, it does not mean that these plants have also an actual strong function as an air purifier. Different plants, such as Aloë vera, Anthurium, Bromelia & Sanseveria, that are barely air-purifying, sometimes being attributed a larger air purifying effect than is actually the case.

Since the first NASA research over the air purifying function of the plants in 1989, many other institutes and scientists, such as Professor Wolverton, Plant & Environment Practical Research (PPPO) has carried out further research and continues the activities relating to the air purifying plants and the ‘Sick building Syndrome’.

Air purifying plants are good for welfare & health

Which plants are proven to be air purifying?
According to the reports the following plants are the most air purifying:
  1. Nephrolepis*
  2. Chrysanthemum
  3. Potgermini
  4. Palm (Areca*)
  5. Dracaena (Marginata* en Bicolor*)
  6. Ficus
  7. Hedera*
  8. Spathiphyllum*
  9. Raphis
  10. Schefflera
*These plants are available under the air purifying plants brand Air So Pure
Real air purifying plants are nowadays provided with the Fytagoras certificate.

Fytagoras certificate for air purifying plants

Plants purifying effect
The purifying effect of the plants and a good ventilation provides a healthier home environment and a better quality of the indoor climate. It is important, because the quality of the indoor air, such as the living room, office and classroom is of great importance for our health, fitness and well-being.

Furniture, clothing, floor and wall covering, paint, printers etc. are containing chemicals that are not good for us. Since the NASA research many additional scientific and practical researches have precisely demonstrated that certain house-plants absorb in a special way harmful substances from the air and purify the air.

The air purifying function of the plants provides for:
  • Neutralization of harmful gases by absorbing them and breaking them down;
  • Improvement of the air humidity by regulative evaporation;
  • Cleaning up the air effectively by CO2 in order to convert it into oxygen.
Highly air-purifying house-plants help to greatly improve air quality in buildings.

Proven air purifying plants
Air purifying plants are in a way recognized green medicine. Plants that have proven to be highly air purifying, are available under the brand ‘Air So Pure’. These plants are coming from 15 specialized growers and divided into 10 types and numerous varieties, forms and pot sizes.

Book by Professor B. C. Wolverton

The scientific purpose of the air purifying effect is being described in the comprehensive tome of Professor B. C. Wolverton’s book. This book and various other scientific articles can be requested at Air So Pure.

For more information:
Air So Pure
Fleurcenter FloraHolland
Middelbroekweg 29
2675 KB Honselersdijk
T: +31 174 634 104
[email protected]
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