How To Grow Your Own Fresh Air

How do you grow your own fresh air?


With plants of course.

But not just any old plant. Specific plants do specific jobs and we need to think more about how they can help us improve our health and wellbeing, especially at home and definitely in school.

Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.

These houseplants are Areca palm, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue and money plant.

The areca palm works hard in the day, mother-in-law’s tongue during the night, and the money plant cleans out volatile chemicals.

Meattle has transformed the air inside a New Delhi office park by filling it with these 3 plants. A study found that “compared to other buildings, there is a reduced incidence of eye irritation by 52 percent, respiratory systems by 34 percent, headaches by 24 percent, lung impairment by 12 percent and asthma by nine percent.”

Shouldn’t we therefore be thinking about what plants we can place around the spaces in our schools?

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