Plants improve our space in so, so many ways. From creating soothing vibes to boosting positive energy, to being the focal point of your whole space - they can do it all. In 1989, NASA published a study ‘Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement’ compiled a list of indoor plants that help in cleaning the air and can eliminate up to 87% of poisonous elements in the air. Indoor air quality has been a big topic of discussion for many years and has intensified since the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the EPA, our homes can be more polluted than outdoor air in some of the largest and most industrialized cities. It’s clear we need to start taking measures to clean the indoor air - and the most cost-effective way to do it is through the introduction of plants. Below are a few indoor plants that scrub polluted air and look great on your fancy Instagram posts as well.
Also known as Philippine evergreen, these plants are ideal for beginners and can tolerate most indoor conditions. A decorative plant native to Asia, Chinese Evergreen plants are absolute showstoppers and are known to reduce stress, improve mood and have the ability to filter airborne toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and trichloroethylene. Featuring large, glossy leaves, Chinese Evergreen indoor plants can enliven any dull space and contribute a distinct personality.
Sansevieria or Snake plants are some of the most stylish and striking plants around. They are as gorgeous as they are indestructible - Dracaena trifasciata or Mother-In-Law’s Tongue plants consist of stiff, sword-like leaves and make for a stunning addition to any space. One of the most unique features of Sansevieria ‘snake’ plants is that it can convert carbon dioxide into oxygen even at night and can help remove toxic air pollutants. They can help filter benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene from the air.
Dwarf Date Palm
Whether you’re looking for a tropical vibe or just another way to clean the indoor air, Dwarf Date Palms are ideal. These easy-to-grow palms are a refreshing, sunny escape, and do a lot to transform the entire feeling of your space. They breathe in formaldehyde and xylene and turn it into pure sunshine.
Also known as Pothos or Golden Pothos, these plants are native to Southeast Asia and are one of the easiest houseplants to care for. Whether you’re looking to bring some exciting color and personality to your interior design, or are looking for something that will remove toxins from the air and purify the air in your space, these plants are all you need. Devil’s Ivy plants are also known to remove xylene, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
Known for its beautiful leaves and incredible healing properties, Aloe Vera plants are extremely common and can boost any space in an instant. Their thick, succulent leaves consist of watery gel that acts as a traditional burn remedy, relieving redness when applied topically to mild burns. They also help in purifying the air of benzene and formaldehyde.