After talking about air pollution and the harmful effects air pollution has on the body and the environment I thought I should provide a way to counteract them. Now, there may not be a way to completely undo the effects of air pollution. There is a way to prevent them from getting worse in a way that also benefits the environment. Plants. We all know that plants produce oxygen that we breathe in and take in the carbon dioxide that we breathe out but there are some that are better suited for the job than others. Because these plants will be producing more oxygen, there are some side effects like a boost in concentration, raised energy levels, reduced stress and anxiety, along with improved immune system health. Below is a list of some of the best plants for oxygen production and which plants absorb carbon dioxide better than others.
The Chinese Evergreen is one of the most common household plants and for good reason. This plant emits a high oxygen content while purifying indoor spaces of harmful chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde and other toxins. As its name suggests, it is quite popular in China specifically for its high efficiency in removing harmful pollutants from the air.
The Chinese Evergreen does well in full shade, and only needs to be watered occasionally with a focus on keeping the soil moist. The number of plants kept is at the owner’s discretion.
This plant is one of the cheapest on the list ranging from $20 to $30 for 4-inch to 6-inch plants.
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Featured by NASA, the Money Plant is renowned for its ability to remove chemicals and other pollutants from the air, specifically benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene. However, despite the benefit of its high purification rate, this plant is toxic to cats, dogs and small children if its leaves are ingested.
The Money Plant prefers indirect light and needs to be watered every week or so. For one person, three 18-inch plants are recommended.
As the name suggests the tree can cost a lot of money, a 4-inch plant will cost about $20 but a 6-inch plant will cost nearly $50.
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Snake Plant/ Mother-In-Law’s Tongue
Considered highly efficient in oxygen production, the Snake Plant otherwise known as the Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, is unique for its nighttime oxygen production, and ability to purify air through the removal of benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.
The Snake Plant does well in window light and needs to be watered weekly. For one person, six to eight waist level plants are recommended. In an air sealed room, these plants are capable of producing enough oxygen to breathe normally. This is one of the hardest houseplants to kill. Although it does need to be watered occasionally, it generally prefers drier conditions. The snake plant tolerates most light levels, making it any easy choice for just about any room.
This plant is relatively cheap ranging from $10 to $25, because it grows so fast too you could buy a small plant and within a year or two have a paint that reaches your hip.
Where to Buy
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As with all plants, the Areca Palm is biologically engineered to take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. However, what sets the Areca Palm apart is its ability to also purify the environment it’s placed in by removing dangerous chemicals such as formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
The Areca Palm does well in filtered light and needs to be watered often. For one person, four shoulder-high plants should suffice.
They are pretty expensive with prices ranging from $20-$50
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The well-known Spider Plant is also a champion cleanser of air. The NASA tests showed it to remove around 90% of the potentially cancer-causing chemical formaldehyde from the air. Since formaldehyde is found in common household products like adhesives, grout and fillers, it’s a good idea to keep one of these plants around your kitchen and bathrooms especially.
Spider plants like even moisture; they don't like to be too dry or too wet. Keep plants in bright to moderate indirect sunlight. Make sure to keep them out of direct, hot sunlight, which can burn their leaves, causing brown tips and spots.
Depending on size the price can range from $16 for a 4-inch wide pot to about $22 for a 6-inch wide pot
Where to Buy
In the where to but section for each plant you can see that I listed a link to a business called Leafy Green Creation. They offer unique plants that have an underlying story of peace, prosperity, wisdom and longevity and have free delivery for anyone in the Greater Los Angeles area. They also sell many more plants than the ones I provided links to, you can check them out here
I also frequently used links to The Sill, an online plant company whose goal is to make the experience of being a plant parent as wonderful as the plants themselves. They want to inspire confidence in the next generation of plant parents. Every plant from The Sill comes with simple care instructions, direct access to their team of houseplant experts, and a guarantee to be there every step of the way. To learn more about them click here