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Nasa Plant Guide

Air Filtering Plants

It won’t surprise you to hear that the majority of people spend the bulk of their time indoors, whether it’s at home or working in an office environment. As such, it’s important to ensure that air quality is of a high standard, something that regular houseplants can help achieve.

Back in 1989, NASA conducted a Clean Air Study in association with Associated Landscape Contractors of America, in an effort to find the most effective common indoor plants for filtering harmful toxins and pollutants from the air. Their results have stood the test of time, and the most effective air filtering plants can be found below.

What's In Our Air?

TRICHLOROETHYLENE

Found in printing inks, paints, lacquers, varnishes, adhesives and paint remover/stripper.

FORMALDEHYDE

Found in paper bags, waxed papers, facial tissues, paper towels, table napkins, particle board, plywood panelling, and synthetic fabrics.

XYLENE

Found in printing, rubber, leather and paint industries, tobacco smoke and vehicle exhausts.

BENZENE

Used to make plastics, resins, synthetic fibres, rubber lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs and pesticides. Can also be found in tobacco smoke, vehicle exhausts, glue, paint and furniture wax.

AMMONIA

Found in window cleaners, floor waxes, smelling salts and fertilisers.

What Are The Effects On Humans?

Like most chemicals, the adverse health effects you may encounter depend on several factors, including the amount to which you are exposed, the way you are exposed, the duration of exposure and the form of the chemical. Below are common symptoms associated with each toxic agent.

TRICHLOROETHYLENE

Symptoms associated with short term exposure include excitement, dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting followed by drowsiness and coma.

FORMALDEHYDE

Symptoms associated with short term exposure include irritation to nose, mouth and throat, and in severe cases, swelling of the larynx and lungs.

BENZENE

Symptoms associated with short term exposure include irritation to eyes, drowsiness, dizziness, increase in heart rate, headaches, confusion and in some cases can result in unconsciousness.

XYLENE

Symptoms associated, with short term exposure include irritation to mouth and throat, dizziness, headache, confusion, heart problems, liver and kidney damage and coma.

AMMONIA

Symptoms associated, with short term exposure include eye irritation, coughing and sore throat.

Please Note:

Some plants are known to be toxic to cats, dogs and other pets. If you are a pet owner, please do check the toxicity of plants before introducing them to your home.

All of our plants at Anthaflora are air filtering plants that will provide health benefits, ensuring that your air quality is maintained while having the added benefit of enhancing your environment with the beauty of real natural foliage.

The Best Natural Air Filtering Plants

The best way to clean the air you breath is to add some Anthurium andreanum to your environment.  With the variations, The Flamingo Lily, Tail Flower and Boy Flower you can add vibrant colours wherever they are placed all while improving your air quality.

Red

Orange

Burgundy Brown

White

Pink

Black