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Anti-pollution plants for pots and gardens, new frontiers
We live in increasingly polluted cities, traffic, heating of houses, factory fumes and some types of materials release toxic substances into the atmosphere and this is a possible cause of different symptoms, from allergies, headaches and chronic irritations to more serious diseases such as tumors (Daisey et al, Indoor air, 2003). The problem belongs to all seasons of the year but certainly a peak of pollution occurs in the winter months. What actions can we take to improve the air in the rooms i...
Gerbera jamesonii, the wonderful anti-pollution plant
Gerbera is an ornamental plant very appreciated thanks to its colorful flowers, similar to daisies. This plant takes its name from the German naturalist Traugott Gerber and belongs to the Asteraceae family, just like the daisy, the dandelion, the sunflower and the chamomile. That of the gerberas is actually a very large family, which includes more than 70 species. Among these the most well-known is the gerbera jamesonii, of which we will speak in this post. Yes, because this type of gerbera is n...
Aloe vera, not only a useful remedy but also an anti-pollution plant!
Surrounding yourself with plants improves the mood, wakes up the sense of life and serenity. But plants may be also useful to improve the places where we live thanks not just to their ornamental role but also because they can clean the air by removing several pollutants. The plants aren’t all effective in the same way, however, there is a list drawn up by the scientists of NASA in the 80s that includes 50 plants found to be particularly effective against toxic substances. The study, performed by...
Chamaedorea elegans, also called parlour palm, is a small plant of the Arecaceae, or palms, family. Native to Mexico, it is nowadays one of the most sold houseplant palms in the world thanks to its elegant appearance, with a thin stem and leaves of a beautiful, intense green color. If kept indoors, it grows very slowly and does not reach a meter in height. Chamaedorea elegans, however, is not only ornamental but is characterized by a beneficial action on the microclimate of the house since it ap...
INCI of cosmetics, you know what you are applying on skin Part 16, the microplastics
Cosmetics for the beauty of skin and hair often contain irritating and harmful substances, that’s what we are learning from the posts dedicated to the INCI of cosmetics, the label that, by law, must report all the substances included in creams, shampoos, scrubs, toothpastes and lotions. For this reason, learning to understand this label and to recognize the substances that should be avoided or, on the contrary, to be preferred, can be a huge help for our health, since some substances may damage ...
Anti-pollution plants, Hedera helix
In the 1970s, NASA commissioned Dr. B Wolverton a study about the plants that could improve the microclimate in space stations by removing, or at least reducing, the toxic and polluting substances in the air. And Wolverton succeeded in compiling a list of 50 particularly effective plants against pollutants, the research is available online with the title Interior Landscape Plants for indoor air pollution abatement. But the research has also other, and very useful for us, applications because the...
Tillandsia is an evergreen, perennial plant of the Bromeliaceae family, its common name is airplant and is native to Central America. It is not like the other plants, indeed, tillandsia doesn’t need soil, it doesn’t have underground roots and, thanks to the structures that cover the plant, called trichomes, it absorbs from air humidity and, in this way, also the nourishment. But tillandsia, together with humidity, is also able to capture the atmospheric pollution and particulates. Tillandsia has...
Spathiphyllum mauna loa
When NASA in the 1970s commissioned Dr. B. Wolverton a study on the plants that could act on the microclimate by fighting the pollutants, the American space agency had in mind to find new solutions for the improvement of life style in the space bases. But the results have proved to be useful also for our daily life, because the plants identified by the study of NASA as the most active and able to remove toxic substances are also excellent indoor plants, for offices and houses, not just for their...
Golden Pothos, scientific name Scindapsus aureus, belongs to the Araceae family and is a special plant. It is indeed in the list of the 50 anti-pollution plants studied by NASA in the ‘80s. This study, that you can easily found online with the title Interior Landscape plants for indoor air pollution abatement, was thought with the aim to improve the life conditions in the space bases by starting from the well-known role played by the plants in making the early atmosphere hospitable for life. How...
Sansevieria (mother in law’s tongue)
Sansevieria trifasciata, also known as snake plant or mother in law’s tongue, is a plant belonging to the Liliacee family and native to West Africa and India. It is used as ornamental plant thanks to its fleshy and straight leaves but the plant is also able to improve the microclimate by absorbing pollution that can be found in houses or offices. The snake plant has been inserted in the list of NASA of the fifty plants particularly useful to absorb toxic substances and pollution according to a s...
Clorophytum comosum, also known as spider plant or ribbon plant, is an evergreen plant that belongs to the family of Liliacee and is native to southern Africa. The name derives from the Greek words, chloròs green and phytòn plant. The spider plant belongs to a list of plants studied by NASA in the ‘70s for their beneficial effects on the microclimate, in particular for their ability to reduce the pollution by absorbing many toxic substances. If you place the clorophytum in a room it is able to a...
There are plants that are not just ornamental plants but also important tools able to reduce many types of toxic substances released by paints, lacquers, glues, cleaning products or printers in the rooms of houses or offices. These plants have been identified by a NASA study in the 1970s and generally belong to the two families of the Liliaceae and, as in the case of the Philodendron, the Araceae. Philodendron is an ornamental plant whose name derives from Greek, in fact philos means friend and ...
A NASA-commissioned study of the ‘70s has made it possible to identify 50 plants able to eliminate toxic substances that tend to accumulate in the environment in which we live. In fact, rooms, houses and offices are often very polluted places due to the presence of substances such as benzene, toluene or formaldehyde emitted by paints, furniture, plywood, solvents and glues and some types of plants can help improve the microclimate with the recommendation to put a plant every 9 square meters of s...
Dracaena, lily family, appears among the anti-pollution plants together with the ficus benjamina, philodendron and other plants used to fight the air pollution in houses and rooms. Doctor B. Wolverton, who worked for NASA, studied, in the ‘70s and ‘80s, the role of plants in transforming the primordial Earth's atmosphere in a hospitable place for life. He identified 50 plants that are particularly effective against toxic and polluting substances, among these the plants of Liliaceae family, such ...
Orchids are a family of perennial herbaceous plants belonging to the order of Orchidales. One of the best-known variety is the Phalaenopsis orchid, the most bought and appreciated. The orchid is not only aesthetically beautiful, with its colorful and delicate flowers, but can also help to clean up the environment from pollutants. Every room in the house, depending on how it is used, can contain different dangerous substances, therefore there are plants that are best suited to be placed in the li...
Natural remedies are able to prevent and solve many diseases of everyday life that affect our body, but they can also be helpful to reduce the effects of pollution of rooms in which you live or work. NASA, in the late '80s, studied plants and their effect on the surrounding environment, in order to create an ideal environment for astronauts. What has emerged from this study is that the plants, in addition to the very important process of photosynthesis by which plants absorb carbon dioxide and r...
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