Indoor plants can help reduce air pollution by removing chemicals in the air. There are many fatal pollutants in the air that we inhale: fungi, mold spores, dust mites, and volatile organic compounds(found in cleaning solutions). The plant’s process of photosynthesis allows a “continuous exchange of gaseous substances between plant leaves and the surrounding atmosphere”, which removes most of these dangerous substances.
Plants help clean air pollution by actually removing air pollutants themselves!
Plants act like air filters, extracting CO2 from the air and pumping fresh O2 out. Some plants go even further with the photosynthesis process and filter other pollutants s well. Acting like indoor air cleaners, these plants absorb substances like formaldehyde, benzene, and Trichloroethylene. Some of these housecleaning plants include English Ivy, Azalea, and Chrysanthemum.
Some plants filter air pollution because they attract a certain type of bacteria that digest or trap pollutants like heavy metals. These bacteria are present on grasses, sorghum, bamboo, and irises to name few.
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