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Gifts for the Indoor Environment

Posted on December 18, 2014
by Wendy Stackhouse

Trying to think of some last minute gifts you can get on the way to a party or playdate? Give an improved indoor environment! Flowers are pretty and cookies are yummy, but a houseplant is a gift that keeps on giving all year long!

Indoor air quality can be worse than outdoors and air pollution is now linked to heart disease, asthma and even autism by some studies. Since we can’t stop breathing, we need to be breathing better, both indoors and out. Now that the gift-giving season is upon us, a thoughtful hostess gift could be a plant, rather than that fruitcake or bottle of wine (or along with, don’t let us discourage you). We have been posting a Plant-of-the-Day this fall, highlighting plants that absorb contaminants that get into the indoor environment.

Some of the Best Houseplants for Your Indoor Environment

Draceana removes formaldehyde and other gasses

Golden Pothos removes formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and benzene. They are also extremely hardy so if you have a “black thumb,” this plant might be right for you.

Spider plant absorbs benzene and formaldehyde and propogates easily. Grab a bit of a friend’s plant and stick it in a pot–it will grow!

Aloe is good for more than sunburn, it also absorbs formaldehyde and benzene from your indoor environment.

Snake plant takes care of benzene and formaldehyde and reduces carbon dioxide. They are succulents and drought resistant, good for us in Southern California’s now three-year drought and recent watering limitation rules.

Gerbera daisies are great for removing trichloroethylene and benzene, as well as being beautiful. “Deadhead” them to keep them in bloom.

A live holiday tree and even the ubiquitous poinsettia will remove carbon dioxide from your own indoor environment or a friend’s Do your loved ones a big favor and improve their indoor air this year for Christmas! They will thank you long after the lights are back in the attic!

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