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Posted on: July 6, 2016 at 4:50 pm
Last updated: May 30, 2017 at 10:27 am

Pollution is big problem in today’s industrial and technological age. You might think China is the best example of this as they have days when the air is barely breathable due to the smog. It probably doesn’t surprise you to learn that the United States is not innocent in this case, but did you now that it is only second to China.

  1. China
  2. United States
  3. Brazil
  4. Indonesia
  5. Japan

Yeah, it’s a bigger problem than most American’s realize. You might think, “That’s OK, it doesn’t bother me, I prefer to stay inside anyways.” Well, you’d be wrong if you thought that was saving you from toxic pollutants.

What Causes Pollution in the USA?

Newly renovated homes, schools, and offices emit many pollutants from new building materials as well as from new furniture. A study conducted in the USA found that one 800 cu. ft. room generated a pollution level of 1.808 micro grams of formaldehyde, 112 micro grams of Xylene, and 67 micro grams of Benzene.

All of these toxins are detrimental to human health when consistently exposes, or exposed at a high rate. Now, I know that can all appear to be pretty scary, especially if you are starting to feel like not even your home is safe. Don’t worry. There is an incredibly easy way to fight off these toxins and eliminate them from your household completely.

What is this magical solution you ask? It’s plants!

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The Problem Solvers

Boston Fern

The Boston fern also known as the sword fern, is a species of fern from the Lomariopsidaceae family. It is native to tropical regions throughout the world, but can be found in warehouse and outdoor stores in America.

    • Removes 1863 micro grams of formaldehyde per hour.
    • Removes 208 micro grams  of Xylene per hour.

English Ivy

English Ivy, scientifically called Hedera helix is a species of flowering plant in the Araliaceae family. It grows natively in most of Europe and western Asia. It is also available in American stores. Do your research online to be sure the store you’re going to carries the toxin removing plant.

  • Removes 1220 micro grams of formaldehyde per hour.
  • Removes 131 micro grams  of xylene per hour.
  • Removes 90% of benzene from a sealed chamber.

Areca Plant

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Areca, commonly referred to as the bamboo palm, golden cane palm, areca palm, yellow palm, or butterfly palm. Areca is a species of flowering plant from the Arecaceae family. It is native to Madagascar, and naturalized in the Andaman Islands,  El Salvador. Cuba, Puerto Rico, Southern Florida, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

  • Removes 938 micro grams of formaldehyde per hour.
  • Removes 654 micro grams of xylene per hour.

Spider Plant

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Scientifically referred to as Chlorophytum Comosum, the spider plant is known as an airplane plant, St. Bernard’s lily, spider ivy, or ribbon plant. It is a flowering perennial herb, native to tropics and southern Africa. However, it has become naturalized in other parts of the world.

  • Removes 560 micro grams of formaldehyde per hour.
  • Removes 268 micro grams of xylene per hour.
  • Removes 96% of carbon dioxide in a sealed room.

Striped Dracena

This hardy  slow-growing houseplant thrives on neglect. Sometimes referred to as the Striped Dracaena, this Dracaena has long, pointed, narrow green and white striped leaves.

  • Removes 1361 micro grams of formaldehyde per hour.
  • Removes 154 micro grams of xylene per hour.

Sources:

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Jozef. J. Krop. “Healing the Planet, One Patient At A Time.” KOS Publishing.2008. Alton, Ontario, Canada.

http://www.activesustainability.com/top-5-most-polluting-countries

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